A few of you asked about a tute for this recon I did for my Mom http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298978.0http://i44.tinypic.com/2l8ygwg.gif
first off start by getting and oversized t shirt , the bigger the better
lay it out inside out and cut in this way
it is very important to cut the bottom off before you do any resizing ... so now focus on the center section .. sew the sides up (just like resizing a t ) you should be left with a basic " muscle shirt " ( t shirt w/ sleeves cut off)... remove the original crew neck ....and set it aside
now lets turn our attention to the bottom ruffle ... take the botton of the shirt you just cut off , and cut it into 2 sections ( make one slightly shorter that the other , then sew them together at the top ... now you need to make it ruffly this is the method I use and its really quick and simple .. take a hand sewing needle and thread it with an thread ( the stronger the better) attach the string and remove the needle but still keep the string attached to the spool ... now run a zig zag stitch all along the top of the fabric making sure you sew over the "spool thread" when you are done clip the spool thread and pull it through the zig zag just like pulling a draw string .. this will scrunch the fabric into prefect lil ruffles
you the attach your newly made ruffle hem to the bottom of the skirt ( an important tip if you don't think your ruffles will be long enough... pick the original t shirt hem ... you can get a good 2 to 3 inches of extra legnth that way )
now lets focus on the sleeves take the original sleeves and carefully remove the hem .. you will use the 2 sleeve hems to get that pro looking neck line ...
now divide your sleeve into 3 pieces like so
now you make your flutter sleeves .. one side has only the straight piece and the other sleeve will have the curved and the straight piece ...
to ruffle them is even simpler .. just use the looses stitch on your machine and sew right down the edge of the strip when you get to the end DO NOT back stitch ... pull a lil extra thread out and then separate the 2 threads and pull ( again you get the draw string effect
) now attach your sleeves .. your almost done ... we just need to get the ruffle down the middle .. but where do we get the fabric ?? remember the side pieces you cute off in the beginning .. well trim those into 4 strips ( if they aren't prefect it don't matter )..... you sew them together in a line and then again ruffle it with the same method as the sleeves now pin in place and sew .. the final step is to sew your old sleeve hems onto the new neck line
the trick for doing a great neck line is to make your band about 2 inches smaller than the actall neck hole .. stretch the fabric as you pin it to make it fit all the way around ... I know it sounds crazy but thats how you get a great flat laying neck line
wow that was alot of typing , I hope it all makes since .. if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask
here is a link to a scratch version I did aswellhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=300220.0
thanks so much for looking .. I cant wait to see your versions of this top , Have a great Day/Night