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River Variation // ruffle raglan sleeve detail

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Hey everyone! Holly here again! I have a really fun and easy River variation for you today. You see, I’m sorta the queen of ruffles. And when Megan gave me my first glimpse of River, I immediately pictured some sweet little ruffles along the raglan seam.

I chose to do it on the front only (and I chose the v-neck as the front), but it could be done of both the front and back for extra sweetness!

Alright, I’m going to show you how to add in this little detail. Let’s go…

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Start by measuring along the raglan sleeve seamline.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now we need to create the pattern piece for the ruffle.

Fold a long piece of scrap paper in half lengthwise. Square out from the folded edge and draw a line the length of the measurement you took above.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Measure up 1 3/’4” and draw a parallel line, creating a long rectangle.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

On the non folded end of the rectangle, measure up 3/4” and make a mark. Use a curved tool to blend from this mark into the top long edge.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Cut along your drawn lines. Once cut, unfold to reveal your full ruffle pattern piece.

Cut out 2 pieces from your fabric (if you want ruffles on both the from and back, then cut out 4).

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Turn in the bottom edge by tiny 1/8” (you can finish the edge first if you want) and edge stitch to finish the outer edge.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Sew a line of long basting stitches 5/8” from the raw straight edge.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Lightly pull he end of the basting threads creating a gather. Gather until the length of the ruffle is in line with the length of the raglan seamline.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

With the right side of the top facing up, place the ruffle right side up along the sleeve seam edge and pin.

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Sew in place 5/8” from the raw edge.

That’s it! From here you can continue construction as usual, following the pattern instructions. And remember – you can do this on either the v-neck or round neck, or both!

ruffle variation of the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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