Oversize or maxi dress (or material can be used too)
basic top you like the fit of
scissors, pins, sewing machine or needle and thread, pins
-Grab an oversized or maxi dress or you can grab a yard and a half of material.
-Cut the dress’s bottom from the top.
-Lay a top on the dress’s folded fabric.
-Mark and cut
-Lay out that top piece again and cut out the back piece. I made sure to make the side seam be the center of the top’s back. if you want you can round the back’s arm hole less than the front.
-Sew up the shoulder seams.
-Cut out the sleeve’s from the original dress to reuse.
-Cut open the sleeves
-Match the center of the sleeve’s curve to the shoulder seam allowing a little tiny bit of gather at the top of the sleeve’s curve near the shoulder seam, if you want.
-Pin and sew.
-Line up the sides of the top and the sleeves with right side of the fabric touching and sew.
-When you make the front flounce piece you can make it any size
-measure the length from mid shoulder to a few inches below your armpit. this is your CROSS FRONT MEASUREMENT
-If you want a looser flounce or circular ruffle then you will want to make 2 semi circles with the inner half circle being that front measurement you just took. When the 2 half circles are sewn together you get one big circle that will go around you top.
-or If you want it really flouncy then make 2 small circles with the inner circle being that measurement you just took. making one circle for the front and one for the back. Cut them open and Sew up the little circles ends together.
For making the flounce-
Take the cross top measurement (as you see in the video) then plug it into this equation:
Circumference=diameter x pi
-So the front measurement for me was 20 then I would double that for to include the back. This is the circumference aka the entire length you want the inner circle of the flounce and the length from your shoulder down the front side and back around to your shoulder again.
-So for a less ruffley (looser than the “after” shots in this video) then you need to do Make a big circle and for me it had to be 2 half circles. By plugging your circumference (the cross front measurement x2 ) into the equation then you know that you will have to divide be 2, then by pi (pi is equal to 3.14). So for me:
40=diameter x pi
The diameter is the length you will straight across the center of the circle. Then add the 4.5″ on both sides to make up the ruffle width. To double check you will measure the inner circle to make sure it is that front cross measurement which for me was 20. You can see in the video where this measurement is.
The more ruffly you want the flounce the smaller the circle. For this exact top I cut 2 circles that had the inner circumference of the cross front measurement each with the added 4.5 inches. So Each of my circles had the inner circle or edge circumference of 20 (which was my criss front measurement).
20=diameter x pi
So this would be the straight across center of the circle measurement with added 4.5″ on both sides to make the circle. And the inner circumference aka the complete length around the inner circle is 20 or your front cross measurement.
For the most part….if this is sill confusing….which it was for me, then just test it out first with some extra material before you cut it from your main fabric or dress.
-Either way you must zig zag stitch the inner and outer edges of the circle to prevent fray.
-Then hem the outside edge of the circle under once 1/8” then iron
-Pin where you want the flounce-y ruffle to go making sure to pin the piece upward with right sides together.
-Sew the inner edge to the top.
-Then sew the neckline with a rolled hem by sewing 1/4 twice.
-If you need to you can hem your sleeves here with the same rolled hem
-I decided to take up the sleeves later!
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