Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chiffon Tee Tutorial

These bright tees are my latest project and take literally minutes to create. It all started with leftover the nylon chiffon strips that I had from creating these two can-can skirts below.

It occurred to me that these scraps might work well on a plain tee. Here is how it is done:

1. Take two long (about 4 times the length of the collar) strips of nylon chiffon and place one strip on the other strip. You can use the same color or different hues, as shown.

2. Adjust your sewing machine tension to a tighter level (I put mine on 7) and increase your stitch length to the longest setting. Now sew. The chiffon with automatically begin to gather and ruffle before your eyes.

(This is what your result will be)

3. Now take a plain tee and lay the ruffle (you may need to pull the threads and loosen it slightly) along the collar. Pin in place and sew. Make sure you adjust your tension and stitch length back to the normal settings first.

And that is it! Look at what that simple embellishment did to that plain tee. I love how the lighter chiffon peeks through the darker layer.

I also did it in yellow but with the same color of chiffon for more of a monochromatic look. The yellow actually is my favorite version. It just screams summer.

Here is my orange version. For this one, I twisted the chiffon,while sewing it to
rotate the light and darker chiffon, as shown.

There three are in my shop for sale if anyone is interested.


  1. I absolutely LOVE these! Thanks for the great idea. I've been wanting to add a little somethin' to a tank for my daughter.

  2. Nice! It looks super easy.

  3. That is so pretty, I love this look! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  4. Love this look, I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Those are precious! And the colors are just yummy! I love 'em!

  6. I have been lookin for a tutorial on chiffon ruffles for the last 3 days that didnt frustrate me!!! I was about to give up til i saw this!!! It looks much easier on here then anywhere else i looked!!! NOW maybe i will be able to make my flower girl dresses!! thank you SO MUCH!!!!!

  7. All of your photos are missing. Please help. I'm making my daughter's bridal gown and need this information.


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