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Tutorial // Mini Briar with ruffle hem

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

Hello! I’m Lala and I have a daughter who will only wear dresses and skirts. Sometimes, she has to wear leggings and a t-shirt for outdoor school activities and she will insist on wearing a skirt on top of her leggings. Our hot and humid Singapore weather is not really ideal for layered clothing. This Mini Briar ruffled hem variation is one workaround to that :)

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing patternTutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

Here’s how to make it yourself:

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

This variation is basically just adding two layers of ruffles to the bottom hem of the Mini Briar t-shirt. I chose to make a straight hemline t-shirt so I used Pattern pieces 1 & 2 for the Version 3 and trimmed the hem straight.

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

Construct the Mini Briar as directed but leave it unhemmed. I added a dinosaur applique because she’s obsessed with them.

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

For this tutorial, I used a floral lawn cotton fabric for the bottom ruffle, and a beige/gold tulle for the top ruffle. Cut a 4″ tall fabric strip using the entire width of a 45″ fabric for the bottom ruffle, cut a 3″ tall fabric strip using the entire width of a 45″ fabric for the top ruffle. You can choose to add more width to the ruffles if you prefer more gathers. I used the size 2-3 so the bigger sizes will definitely need more than 45″ wide ruffles.

Sew the short ends of the bottom ruffle right sides together, press seam open and finish the edges. Then narrow hem the bottom edge, I did this by overlocking the hem and folding it twice. Sew together the short ends of the top ruffle, the tulle doesn’t need hemming (hurray!). Sew the top edge of the two ruffles together with the wrong side of top ruffle facing the right side of the top ruffle.

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing patternSew two rows of gathering stitches on the top raw edge of the layered ruffles.

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

Pin the right side of the top raw edge of the ruffles to the right side bottom edge of the not yet hemmed Mini Briar tshirt. Distribute the gathers evenly and sew. Remove the 2 rows of gathering stitches and overlock the seam.

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

Press the seam towards the shirt.

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing patternTutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

That’s it! My daughter said it looks fabulous (her current favourite word) and she adores the appliqued dinosaur as well.

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

I’ve also tried using 2 ruffles of floral quilting cotton fabrics and they work really nice too.

I’d like to try a ruffle using an eyelet trim next time. Or maybe lengthen the top more so it will be a ruffled hem dress.
Thanks Megan for letting me share!

Tutorial // How to sew a ruffle hem tee using Megan Nielsen's Mini Briar tee sewing pattern

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MadebyMeg
6 years ago

This is soo cute!

Kristine
Kristine
6 years ago

Aw, she is just precious, isn’t she? I love the “contrast” you put in the shirt here. I mean, I wouldn’t think of putting a dinosaur and ruffle hem together in one piece of little girl’s clothing! I’d quote your daughter and say it is fabulous!