Gingham is one of my favorite prints that can go from summer to fall so easily. I got this fabric a few months ago and planned to make a summer dress, but now that summer is over I decided to make this pretty ruffle sleeve top instead.
It’s the perfect fall top that you could wear with jeans and ankle boots, or tuck into a pencil skirt with tights and heels.
Today I’m going to show you how to make it! If you’re new to sewing, check out my online sewing course! And don’t forget — I don’t provide printable patterns with my sewing tutorials, but this video shows how to create a custom pattern from your own clothing.
Now time for the tutorial! This one is pretty easy and can be whipped up in an hour or so.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1.5 yards fabric (I used this one)
First cut your pattern pieces. I don’t provide printable patterns, but this video will show you how to make your own patterns. You’ll need a cropped BODICE BACK and FRONT, 2 SWING HEM pieces (these should be about 1 1/2 times the width of your bodice piece, and your desired length), 2 NECKLINE LINING pieces (cut as shown), and two pieces for the ruffle sleeves (roughly 30″ wide and 6″ long).
Step 1. Take the BODICE FRONT and BACK pieces and sew them together at the shoulder seams. Make sure the right sides of the fabric are together when you sew.
Step 2. Take your NECKLINE LINING pieces and do the same.
Step 3. Take your LINING and BODICE and sew them together around the entire neckline. Then flip the lining inside and press in place. Top stitch to keep in place if you want.
Step 4. Take your ruffle sleeve pieces and hem them along one long side. Then do a basting stitch along the other side.
Step 5. Pull the basting stitches to gather the fabric.
Step 6. Open your bodice and lay it on a flat surface with the right side of the fabric facing up. Lay one of your gathered sleeves face side down and pin along the arm opening. Then sew in place. Repeat for the second sleeve.
Step 7. Once both of your sleeves are on, turn the bodice right side in and sew the sides up with a straight stitch.
Step 8. Take your SWING HEM pieces and baste and gather along one edge.
Step 9. Sew the two SWING HEM pieces together on the sides (you could sew them together first and then gather if that’s easier).
Step 10. With right sides together, attach the BODICE and SWING HEM together with a straight stitch.
Step 11. Hem the top to your desired length, and then sew the button onto the back and either add a button hole or a loop for closure.
And you’re done!