If your wardrobe is in need of a new staple, today’s Ruched T-shirt tutorial is for you!
There are a lot of upcycled tee tutorials out there, but I haven’t seen one like my ruched-t-shirt. This shirt is awesome on any body shape as it’s really forgiving and hides problem spots. I even used it as a maternity shirt!
Here’s how I did it.
I started with a 2XL Shade shirt (that I got for $2), which was pretty big all over.
- Start by laying a tee that fits you well on top of your extra big shirt so you get the right shape. Trace around the outline, leaving a little extra for seam allowances.
- Sew up the sides! Your shirt should fit around just right, but should still be pretty long. That’s good!
- Next, I drew lines on the inside of the front and back with a fabric marker to the height I wanted the ruching to go. Then I measured the width of my shirt and marked equal sections (I marked seven lines on both the front and back, but only ended up using four on each.)
- Then you just take elastic thread and lay it on your drawn lines and zigzag over it. Then, when they’re all in simply pull the elastic thread to create the ruching and tie the end of the zigzag thread to the elastic thread at the top and bottom of each. Keep in mind that the elastic thread shrinks when it’s washed and dried, so I sprayed my lines with water and ironed them before tying off.
And that’s it! It’s nice and stretchy, and looks nice alone or layered.
As an update, I wore this ruched t-shirt through my entire last pregnancy and loved it. It was long enough to cover me even at my biggest and was really forgiving at the beginning and after birth. So that’s an added bonus!
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