I’m so happy and honored to be here! When I saw Jess was doing a series on Knock-Offs, I basically jumped up and down and waved my arms around to try to be a part of it…lol. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this fun series, and hello to all Craftiness is not Optional and Kojo Designs readers!
A lot of my inspiration comes from things I have already seen somewhere, or knock-offs. Often I change it up a bit, but sometimes the original is just so perfect as is, I don’t want to mess with it. I search through magazines, have my eye out in stores, and browse through websites regularly, and when I see something I like I will clip it out and post it on my inspiration wall.
Want to know how my thought process goes? It’s something like this:
I’m sorry…HOW MUCH?!!
Ummm…I can make that!
And that is how this adorable ruffle vest became a part of Chloe’s Spring Clothing Collection…
I used a knit I found hanging on the sale rack in Old Navy (sometimes the XXL section can yield better prices then the fabric store!), and I fell in love with this gray and yellow combo.
Get the full tutorial after the jump!
1. Cut out the front and back portions of any T Shirt pattern, omitting the sleeves.
2. Curve the front of the neckline Shirt pattern pieces, so that they meet lower (this is a vest, not a shirt).
3. Cut strips of the fabric to turn into ruffles.
4. Once all of the strips have been cut, I finished all of the bottom edges on each strip. I am using a knit fabric, and used an overedge stitch to finish each edge.
5. On the top of each strip, sew a line of gathering stitches. Gather each ruffle until it is the length of the front vest panel. Starting from the bottom of the vest, with right sides together, place the ruffle upside down and zig zag stitch the gathered portion into place.
6. Flip ruffle down, so that right side of ruffle is now outwards, and edgestitch top of ruffle to keep in place
7. Repeat with other ruffles, working your way up both sides of the vest. You will have this when done.
8. Now, with right sides together, pin the shoulder and side seams together on the front and back of the vest (include the ruffle sides in the side seam pinning). Sew together. Cut off excess ruffle / fabric from inside of side seam to remove bulk.
9. You will now have this. Lastly, turn under all raw edges and edge stitch closed.
Ruffles can sometimes seem intimidating, but they really are not all that hard! If anything, in all honesty, they can be a little time consuming. But I think the end result is always well worth it!
Thank you again so much for having me here at CINO, and allowing me to be part of the Sincerest Form of Flattery series. I hope your readers enjoy the ruffle vest knock off as much as we did :).
And don’t forget to check out Knock Off Decor– the sponsor of this blog series! Inspiration and eye candy galore.