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Ruffles and Stripes

Added Mar 4, 2010

by Chicky C

Sydney, Australia






This is a top I made recently with fabric picked up at the op-shop for $1. I was really drawn to the pastelly stripes.

I didn’t use a pattern, but took the ruffle idea from Lily’s ruffle skirt tutorial (over @ House of Mirth). I simply used 2 ruffles instead of one, and joined them at Centre Back (well not quite centre so it turned out!) and then overlapped at the front.

I took advantage of the ruffles to make this a breastfeeding friendly top. The front panel is not completely joined to the top band. It is only stitched in the very centre and then buttoned on both sides. This makes for easy access for me! I’ve had the idea for this in my head for a while, so I’m glad its finally worked out. This top is definitely a keeper, its been in and out of the wash constantly since I finished it. I’m only sorry that I didn’t take the time to overlock the edges, because now its starting to fray on the inside. But that’s what you get for being daunted about threading an overlocker for the first time.

Material Notes

Lightweight silk of some kind (- an op-shop find.)




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Other


Lily's ruffle skirt tutorial

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    Mar 4, 2010, 06.02 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    great job! and don’t worry about your threading fear, just follow the book and the color paths on the machine and you should do just fine :). besides you can always try the tying the new and old threads together trick and see if that works (cut the old thread at the top leaving a 6" tail, tie the new thread to that and serge a scrap to pull the threads through. you might want to loosen the tension a bit to let the knots go through).

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      Mar 4, 2010, 06.03 PMby oscarthegrouch108

      and if that doesn’t work, use a zig zag on your regular machine to keep the fraying to a minimum.

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      Mar 6, 2010, 09.47 PMby Chicky C

      Thanks, I actually sat down the other day with instruction book in hand and re-threaded. Plus played with the different hemming techniques…..It’s not so hard after all!

      So excited about the things I can do with it :-)

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    Mar 4, 2010, 12.31 PMby scheryka

    Very creative. I am about to ween my 1 year 1 month old from breastfeeding. I wish I had this during my journey. I nursed my oldest daughter as well and one would think they would learn to be better prepared. lol I like theh colors in your shirt too.

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      Mar 6, 2010, 09.48 PMby Chicky C

      Thankyou, I figured if I can sew then I shouldn’t allow myself to be restricted by what I can wear. I have a few more breastfeeding friendly garments to post soon.

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