A ruffled collar adds a little bit of femininity to an otherwise plain and functional blouse. You can add a ruffled collar in the same colour and fabric as the rest of the shirt, or add a ruffle that stands out in a contrasting colour or patterned fabric. Add a ruffle to one of your favourite fashion essentials or make the blouse from scratch for a new addition to the wardrobe.
Lay the fabric on your work surface. Place your favourite V-neck blouse on the fabric and trace around the shape. Flip the blouse over and trace the back of the shirt. Trace about 1/2-inch away from the blouse to allow a bit of extra fabric for seams and hems. Cut out the shapes. Alternatively, you can place the pattern pieces for a regular blouse on the fabric. Trace around the pattern pieces and cut out the shapes.
Assemble the blouse pieces. Lay the two pieces on top of one another with the good sides facing inward. Pin all around the outside edges of the shirt to keep the pieces in place. Sew the side seams of the shirt together with a zigzag stitch.
Sew the sleeves together with the same stitch.
Fold over about 1/2-inch at the bottom of the shirt at the bottom of the sleeves to make a hem and cuffs. Sew the hem and cuffs in place with a straight stitch.
Fold over about 1/4-inch of fabric along the neckline of the shirt and sew a straight stitch.
Measure the circumference of the neckline. Add about 6 inches to make the ruffle extend down beyond the neckline a little bit on the shirt. Add 30 per cent to that measurement. For example, if the neckline measures 24 inches, add 6 inches and then add 30 per cent for a total final measurement of 39 inches.
Cut a 4-inch-wide piece of the blouse fabric or a complementary fabric to the final neckline measurement. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew the long edge together with a straight stitch. Sew one short edge together, then turn the fabric right side out. Fold inward about 1/4-inch of the fabric at the other short end and sew close to the edge.
Sew a long gathering stitch along the long side that has stitches in it already. Tug on the thread to gather the ruffled collar to the original neckline measurement, plus about 6 inches.
Pin the gathered edge to the edge of the wrong side of the blouse neckline. Leave the extra 3 inches on each side dangling for now. Sew the ruffled collar to the neckline with a straight stitch.
Turn the blouse right side out. Pin the 3-inch ruffles together down the front of the shirt. Sew the ruffles to the blouse with a small straight stitch.
Things you need
- Fabric of your choice
- Blouse or blouse sewing pattern
- Sewing pins
- Sewing needle