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Take a plain T shirt and make it interesting by adding feminine ruffles. This project only looks difficult but it is very simple to make! Try it for yourself and see!

Here are the step by step instructions on how to make this fun and cute top. Have fun!

1.) 1 long sleeve T   
2.) thread
3.) pins 
4.) needle 
5.) scissors 
6.) sewing machine (not required)

Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 hour
Sewing Level: Easy

1. Cut about a 5" slit at the center front neck. Then cut the front and back together from the front with the shirt laid flat, following the armhole shape about 1/2" away from the armhole seam, as in the picture.

2. Turn the garment to the back and lay flat. Recut the back armhole deeper into the uppecenter back so it has more of a racer back shape to give it a sexier l

3. Take the sleeves and cut into 2" strips as in picture.

4. You will have a little of fabric scraps left over which you can throw out.

5. Take the strips cut from sleeves and connect them into a long piece by sewing them together. You can  overlap the strips and stitch down or stitch with 1/8" seam allowance. Sew whichever way is more convenient and easy for you.

6. Take the long strip you sewed together and stitch a very loose basting stitch at center of strip. Then pull the thread from one end and shirr the whole strip to make ruffles.

7,8. Take the ruffled strip and pin around neck and armhole as in the picture.

9. Turn the shirt inside out and sew the ruffle down to the shirt so you can see where you are sewing better.

10. Finish sewing the ruffles and lastly as an option sew a drawstring using left over fabric or ribbon to the front neck opening.

You are done! Have fun wearing your new creation!

PROJECT #10: Pattern Free Blouse

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Material:1.) 2 yards of fabric
2.) Trim (optional) for hem ie. lace, bias binding tape.

Duration: Approximately 3+ hours
Sewing Level: Beginner

1. Cut fabric (see dimension above) and layer on top of each other for front and back with grain line in same direction.
2. Mark in chalk (see blue line above). you will need to add seam allowance. If not, the blue/hem lines can be finished by sewing trim onto it or kept raw edge as seen in the 3 samples made.
3. The red dotted lines show the only areas you will need to actually sew the fabric together. Make sure to sew the shoulder seams first then fold fabric over then stitch the side seams together!

See spec below for a size Medium. Add or subtract from width and length for smaller or bigger size.

A. Shoulder Slope= 8 1/2"
B.  Neck Opening= 11"
C. Shoulder Width= 1 3/4"
D. Armhole Depth= 12 1/2"
E. Chest Width= 20 1/4"
F. Sweep Width= 20 3/4"
G. Shirt Tail Height= 3/4"

See earlier postings of the 3 styles as examples. Be Creative! Good Luck!!