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J.Crew ruffle henley tutorial

I saw this henley on J.Crew's site and thought, oh, a new twist to the ruffle-embellished tee!
Here's a tutorial for how to make your own from a t-shirt hoodie.  I know I have several of these, and they're honestly not that flattering.  The hood pulls back on the placket and I always feel flat-chested in them.  So, I'm going to take this black thermal one and turn it into a cute ruffle-front henley.
  • Start with a cheap hoodie (this is from Wet Seal or some equally cheap quality place in the mall)

  • Cut off the hood, just above the seam that attaches it to the shirt.  This will be the ruffle fabric.

  • Cut off the binding of the hood, and cut down the center seam.  Now you have a bunch of scraps.

  • Cut the hood into bias strips and sew them together.  Press the seams open.

  • Gather one edge 1/4" or so in and pin it to the neck edge.

  • Sew next to the edge.  I ran out of ruffle a little near the bottom of the henley placket.  Oh, well.

  • Ta-dah!


  1. Anonymous1/20/2010

    This is so, so cute! Will have to try this...thanks for sharing!

  2. Great transformation! The ruffled neckline is softer and more feminine.

    I blogged your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:




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