March 22, 2011

Ruffles & Buttons, Anthro Inspired

So here is that long promised (and sadly late) Anthro inspired tee tutorial. Grab a t-shirt and come along for the ride!

This is a dress from Anthropologie that I fell in love with last summer. It's called the "Count the Waves" dress, gorgeous, right? The price? $148! NOT happening!


But, I loved the ruffles and buttons, somehow it just looked so perfect and proper and flirty! So I set out to knock it off, than I thought a tee would be much more versatile!

So, I introduce to you my "Ruffles & Buttons" Tee...

Let's get started...









Sew the tube, up the long, and at the bottom. Leave one end open to turn inside out. Iron.

Okay, for this next step there is no picture...now take your other strips and ruffle all three of them. If you do not know how to ruffle, I have a great tutorial HERE. I'm so sorry I don't have one for this tee, I completely forgot to take pictures!









This is the truest colour of the shirt I could get.
 Sew "tube" on as close to the edge as you dare go...see next pic. This is the time to add the buttons.

And viola! It's finished! Easy peasy and sweet and fun!
Hope you enjoyed it and forgive how late it is!

And please know, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I will address them right away! Seriously no question is too small, I remember when I was learning to sew (HA! still am!) I felt silly asking questions. But please know, you can, and I'll try my best to answer them!

This tutorial can be found in the "Tutorials" Tab, under:


LINKED TO:
***This is to answer RACHEL's (you are a no-reply blogger, couldn't email ya. Boo.)question she left in the comments.***
Yes, finish of tube onto the seam of the shoulder, so that it lines up pretty well. Hope that answers it for you :)

xoxo, Dorian

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52 comments:

  1. it's so pretty..one day I will make my own! OR.....
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  2. What an amazing tutorial! Wow, you are super talented! I am your newest follower:) THanks for linking up at my party:)

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  3. Cute top and great tutorial!!! I think I may have to try this with a similar blue shirt that is just sitting in my drawer.

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  4. Oh my goodness! You did an awesome job on this...it looks great! :)

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  5. So funny! I just bought THIS shirt on Whoopdwhoop yesterday! I CAN'T WAIT to get it in. And it's fun to see how it was made. (And to know how to make another one. ;) Thanks again for offering in whoopdwhoop. :)

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  6. Holy moley! LOVE IT!!! Wanna make me one? Haha! Cuz I don't really sew. When I sew, I say things to the sewing machine that people shouldn't say to objects . . . :)

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  7. Wow! This is amazing! I love it! Oh how I wish I sewed! Mine wouldn't look so amazing but I am in such awe of how great yours looks!

    I'd love you to link this up at my Friday Link Party if you are interested!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  8. I really love it. I bookmarked it to try. www.mylifeunzipeed.blogspot.com

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  9. VERY PRETTY!!!!I'd love it if you joined my link party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/p/linky-parties.html

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  10. Great job! I'd love for you to link up at Wow Me Wednesday!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/03/wow-me-wednesday_23.html

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  11. I featured you today on my Toast of Tuesday! Come grab a button!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/03/toast-of-tuesday_29.html

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  12. I thought your top turned out so cute! You did a great tutorial too! Thanks for linking it up to Think Pink Sundays-I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/04/crush-of-the-week-35/

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  13. its super nice tutorial..thanks for sharing :)

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  14. Love the T - great job!!! Very well done!

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  15. Very cute! And your tutorial is great!

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  16. Wow! This is so cute! Amazing what you can do with a t-shirt! I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. LOVE IT! I'm a new follower btw! :)

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  18. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial. Pinning it right away :)

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  19. coming over from Ucreate. I love how the shirt turned out!! I am going to pin it so that I can make it soon. Thanks for sharing!!

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  20. Your shirt is darling! I think you are a GENIUS for starting with a long sleeve shirt instead of buying 2 shirts. So clever and so easy and so super cute. Thanks!

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  22. I will try this again! The T is so cute, I love it!
    I am a new follower.

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  23. Very cute shirt! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  24. That is such an awesome top! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-anthro-inspired-t-shirt-refashion/2011/07/24/

    --Anne

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  25. I will definitely be making this! Thanks for such a great tutorial. I'm your newest follower btw.

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  26. Thank You so much for this fabulous tutorial! I saw your tutorial and by the end of the day I had my own Ruffles & Buttons Tee! I show it on my blog where I featured you as well. Please check it out and grab a feature button as well! Thanks again!

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/07/ruffles-buttons-t-shirt-refashion.html

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  27. Amazing! This is adorable! Quick question, where did you finish off the "tube" (the piece where the buttons go). Did you sew it onto the shoulder seam?

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  28. You are very clever! I would like to try this project but have a few questions. You said to make one strip 3 in. and the other 3 2in. Where does the bigger strip go, on top? Were you're ruffles 8 in. long, as the photo seems to indicate? Thanks.
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

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  29. LOVE it! I just bought a cute yellow shirt for a couple of bucks then thrift store shopped for some other coordinating yellow shirts to take apart for embellishment. I've been trying to figure out a cute way to embellish it. You've just given me that idea. I'm so excited. Thank you!

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  30. Can you say "Pin it!"... This was on my pintrest in about 2 seconds! I am headed to the store today to get a t-shirt and try it out! Thanks for the tutorial!!! So cute!

    P.S. I am your newest follower!

    xoxo, Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

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  31. This is amazing! I'm seeing everyone make this shirt with your tutorial! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featureD" button.

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  32. This is a very cute refashioning - I'm planning on making it for my daughter. I did wonder about why one strip was bigger than the others (is it placed first or last, perhaps?) and how long the strips were.

    Looking forward to seeing more!

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  33. Love this one too. Good work dorian!!!

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  34. And my sewing to-do list just got a little longer! Thanks for posting this :)

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  35. This is really pretty. I love it! :)

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  36. What a lovely tutorial! You had me at ruffles & buttons. :)

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  37. What a great tutorial! That shirt turned out amazing!

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  38. So cute! I just love the buttons!

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  39. I spent the afternoon making one and LOVE how it turned out. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  40. Great tutorial! i love it, thanks for sharing.

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  41. Hi! Love this top! Where does the fourth (larger) strip go? Is it the bottom ruffle? Thanks!

    Also, I have to tell you that the word is voilà. Just to help out with your French :)

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  42. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog today: http://www.snugasabugbaby.com/some-stuff-i-am-loving-cute-as-a-button/.

    I am excited to use your tutorial for myself one of these days. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  43. i am not super new to sewing but am definitely still learning... do you need to do anything to the cut ends of your ruffles? will they fray in the wash? and is there a certain fabric type to do this with? sorry so many questions but im still learning and i loved this blog. i have made ruffles before but always hemmed the edges (made them for dresses on my girls, etc) and would really like to do this with a shirt of my own soon... you can email me at bulldawgbabyp1985@yahoo.com thank you for your blog, tutorial and time! :)

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  44. Love this shirt! I do have a few questions though...

    1. One ruffle strip is wider(3"): where does this one go? Is it the first one you sew on at the top?

    2. When you sew the top ruffle, is it really necessary to topstitch once you've folded it back down? Is there a reason why it can't just drape? (Reason behind this question: I'm afraid my stitches won't be straight, whereas if I just let it drape, no stitches will show.)

    3. Sorry if I'm missing something, but I can't seem to get the math right. If your rectangle is 8" wide, how are you getting a 3" strip and three 2" strips? (That adds up to 9".)

    4. Where does the 5th strip come from?? Is there enough leftover on the angle part that's cut off for this?

    I so very badly want to make this shirt, but I don't like to try a project unless I'm confident I understand all of the steps.

    Thank you!

    -- Lis
    TheQuiltedFiddle(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. This is adorable! I saw a similar shirt on a character in a tv show I was watching recently and thought it was adorable. I'm definitely going to attempt to make my own now. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

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  46. Not late, perfect timing! Buy long sleeve tees right now as they go on sale for (Shhhiivverr) Summer clothes to usher their way in! :,)

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  47. I made this shirt & got SO MANY compliments on it! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  49. How did you finish the top of the tube with buttons by the shoulder seam? I have been having trouble trying to figure out exactly how to handle this part. This so beautiful. I will now spend $2.00 and make a $150.00 top!

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