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Flounces are great for summer time! Here you can see how to create your own flounce from a plain T-Shirt in three simple steps.

- 1 man’s T-shirt and 1 smaller woman’s T-shirt.
- Twill tape, 3 cm (11/4 in) wide, length = circumference of man’s shirt plus 5 cm (2 ins).
- Wide elastic (like used for boxer shorts), 2 cm (3/4 in) wide: approx. 0.80 m (32 ins).
- Elastic, 1 cm (3/8 in) wide: approx. 0.70 m (28 ins).
- Vanishing marker (Prym).
- Sewing thread.
- Safety pin.

Step 1:
On man’s shirt, mark the diagonal ­upper edge and the armhole edge. Cut these edges as marked.

Step 2:
On woman’s shirt, cut off lower edge, to use as ruffle, and cut one side seam open

Step 3:
On ruffle piece, press narrow edges to wrong side, 2 cm (3/4 in) wide, turn raw edges under, and stitch in place. Beginning at side seam, pin open upper edge of ruffle to upper front edge of man’s shirt, then along upper back edge of shirt, as far as ruffle reaches (wrong side of ruffle ­faces right side of shirt). Stitch 2 cm (3/4 in) from fab­ric edge. Press upper front and back edges to wrong side, 2 cm (3/4 in) wide. Stitch 1.5 cm (5/8 in) from fold edge, leaving a section of seam open, for the elastic. Pull 1 cm (3/8 in) wide ­elastic into upper edge of top. Try top on and adjust elastic, if needed. Also mark the waist level on the top. Stitch ends of elastic together. Sew seam opening closed.

For the waist casing, pin twill tape to inside of top with upper edge of tape at marked waist. Turn ends of tape under at one side seam. Edgestitch upper and lower edges of tape in place. Pull 2 cm (3/4 in) wide elastic ­into this casing. Sew ends of elastic together, to match waist comfortably.

Also try amping up this simple skirt by adding a couture ruffle with color contrast!

Straight skirt, pieces of fabric in colour of skirt and in contrasting colour, each 65 × 65 cm (26 × 26 ins), sewing thread, and tailor’s chalk

Pin fabric pieces together, right sides facing. In centre, draw a circle with 22.5 cm (9 ins) Ø. Then draw the outer flounce edge 18 cm (7 ins) from circle line. Cut flounce from both layers of fabric, adding 5 mm (3/16 in) wide seam allowances. Cut across flounce ring at one point. Stitch fabric pieces together, 5 mm (3/16 in) from all edges, leaving approx. 10 cm (4 ins) open on one narrow edge, for turning. Trim allowances diagonally across corners. Turn flounce right side out and press edges. Topstitch flounce close to outer edge and narrow edges, thereby ­stitching opening closed. Pin flounce to skirt front, as shown in photo (on a dressmaker’s dummy or on your body, with the help of a friend), making small tucks, if needed. Edgestitch ­attachment edge of flounce in place.

Happy DIYing!

Photos: Jan Schmiedel


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    Oct 29, 2015, 08.44 AMby AndrewCampbell

    I like how the result is simple yet still looks sophisticated due to the ruffles by the sides. Throw in a pair of silver accessories and you are all good to go for any event be it formal or a casual day out.

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    Jun 28, 2013, 08.52 PMby VirtuouslyFrugal

    So love the very frugal and chic idea.

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    Jun 19, 2013, 02.10 AMby judithann

    My word Burda! Now you are embarrassing yourselves. The t-shirt makeover is not a FLOUNCE, but a RUFFLE. When you gather to add volume at the edge it is a RUFFLE. And then – The “Couture Ruffle” is a FLOUNCE, not a RUFFLE. In the instructions for the Couture piece, you correctly use the flounce terminology. If your writers are not professional sewists, I would highly recommend THE ART OF MANIPULATING FABRIC BY COLETTE WOLFF. And it is a must have for anyone seriously interested in creative fabric construction.

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    Jun 15, 2013, 01.26 PMby Firebug34

    Most easily constructed ….will try it out. Some of the most beautiful things are made “simple”.

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    Jun 14, 2013, 07.15 AMby Kovesi

    I love it :) Must make a black and a white for my holiday.

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    Jun 14, 2013, 04.36 AMby marloncosta

    cool! I love the tshirt turned into a blouse! I might try it for my daughter! Check her blog www.kidsoutfitters.blogspot.com

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