Spring Sewing ~ Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial

on April 24 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 310 Comments

From Beth: You’ll love this Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial by Rae from Made by Rae. Rae has a talent for cute and professional-looking sewing, and she creates items with a refreshing mix of color and style. Add your ruffle top to your new skirt and you can mix fabrics for your go-to spring and summer “uniform” (scroll down to look at more tops made with the same process). Rae is hosting Spring Top Week April 27-May 1. She writes, “The plan is that it will be a showcase week… of the tops I made, pictures of your tops, and links to your blogs.” Check it out Monday on Made by Rae.

From Rae: This spring top is perfect for layering under cardigans in cool spring weather and can be worn right into summer! Choose two contrasting fabrics for extra pizzazz. The instructions here can be tailored to any size.


Side view with pockets.

Step 1: Take your chest and hip measurements.
Measure around your chest, with the measuring tape under your armpits and above your bustline (this is NOT the fullest part of your chest). Round this number to the nearest inch, add 1” for ease, divide by two, then add 1” for seam allowances.

Example: My chest measurement is just over 35 inches. So:
35” + 1” (ease) = 36” / 2 = 18” + 1” (seam allowances) = 19” (we will call this “X”)

Here is the formula for you to use:
____ + 1” = _____ / 2 = _____ + 1” = ________ inches

Next measure around your hips at their fullest point. Divide this number by 2 and add 1” for seam allowances.

Example: My hip measurement is 41 inches. So:

41” / 2 = 20.5” + 1” (seam allowances) = 21.5” (we will call this “Y”)


Back detail.

Step 2: Cut your pieces out.
For the chest and straps: Cut 4 rectangles, each 5” by X.” Note: most quilting cotton fabric is stretchier in one direction than the other (pull lengthwise and widthwise on your fabric to test). Since this top is a pullover, make sure you cut the long edge of each rectangle in the direction that stretches the most. Two of the rectangles will be for the chest band (front and back), and two of these will be for the straps (only two are shown in diagram).For the pockets: Cut 2 rectangles, each 6” x 12.”
For the ruffles: Cut 2 rectangles, each 3” x 22.”
For the body of the shirt: Cut 2 trapezoids as shown in diagram.For the width of the top, take X and add 6” for pleats/gathers. For the bottom width, take Y and add 6” for ease (you don’t want it to be skintight at your hips). For height: 20” is more than enough height for a person who wears a size S, M, or L. In fact this will probably be too long (it’s actually more of a tunic length at that point), but remember you can always shorten but it’s much harder to lengthen. If you are unsure, you may want to measure vertically from your bustline to hipline, add a few inches for seam allowance and go from there.
For example: My trapezoid was 19 + 6 = 25 inches along the top, 20.5 + 6 = 27 inches along the bottom (I rounded up to the nearest inch), and 20” tall.
Step 3: Sew chest band and mark strap positions.
Take the two chest band rectangles and place right sides together. Sew together with ½” seam along each side. Press seams open, fold in half along the length of the loop and press. Press under ¼” along one edge of the loop; this will be the inside of the chest .
Fold each of the strap pieces in half lengthwise and press. Press under ¼” along one of the long edges of each strap (this folded edge will be on the underside.
Mark the center front and center back of the chest band with a fabric marker. Safety pin each strap to the front of the chest band, equal distances from the center (mine were 3.5” from center), with about 1” of the end of the strap inside the chest band. Leave the back of the straps loose for now.
Try the chest band on and adjust strap spacing if necessary (remember that the ruffles will also take up about 2 more inches on each side). If possible have someone else pin the back of the straps in place, again equal distances from the center. It may help to slant the straps in the back slightly so they don’t pucker.
Mark the chest band where the sides of the straps hit. Mark straps where chest band overlaps. Trim straps.
Step 4: Attach ruffles (optional).
Finish outside edge of ruffle by folding and pressing ¼” under twice and sewing down (alternative shown in photo: finish edge with rolled hem on serger). With a long straight stitch, sew two lines of stitching along opposite edge at 1/8” and ¼” away from edge. Gather edge of ruffle.
Finish short edges of ruffle by folding under ¼” and stitching down (alternative: finish hem with serger). Line up ruffle along unfolded edge of strap and pin in place with right sides together. Adjust gathering as necessary to make ruffle the correct length.
Sew ruffle to strap with 3/8” seam. Turn to right sides, press seam towards strap, refold strap so folded edge overlaps seam in back. Carefully topstitch along seam to close strap.
Tuck in short ends of strap and sew closed. Repeat for other strap.
Step 5: Create arm divots (optional).
Mark where ruffle edges end on chest band.
Transfer marks to inside of chest band. Turn chest strap inside out. With fabric marker, draw a semicircle between the two marks at each side, with the bottom of the semicircle 1” away from fold.
Sew along this line. Trim seam, clip top corners, turn right side out and press.
Step 6: Pleat front and back of top.
Mark center of front (purple mark in diagram). Starting 1” away from center, make three pairs of marks 1” apart, skipping 1.5” in between each pair. In other words, the spacing would be 1, 1, 1.5, 1, 1.5, 1 inches from the center going outward (blue marks on diagram; note that only right side is shown).
Repeat for other side of center; note that this diagram shows all of the pleat marks.
Each blue mark in the diagram is the edge of a pleat. Fold fabric so that the blue marks overlap and pin in place. Each pleat will now be ½” wide. Fold the fabric so that the folds face away from the center on either side.
Before sewing pleats in place, measure along top of pleated edge to make sure it is exactly X inches wide (see Step 1). Adjust pleat widths if necessary. Sew down 2” along each pleat and press. Note: those with larger busts may want to leave pleats unsewn, and should instead sew across the top of each pleat to hold in place. Repeat pleats for back of top.
Sew front and back together with ½” seam along sides. Press seam open.
Step 7: Attach chest band to front and back of top.
Unfold chest band as much as possible. Pin front and back to chest band along unfolded edge, lining up side seams. Sew together with 3/8” seam. Press seam towards chest band, refold chest band so that folded edge covers seam. Carefully sew along seam, catching folded edge of chest band on the underside as you sew to close it. More-time-consuming-yet-more-foolproof-alternative: Baste the folded edge down first, topstitch in the ditch on the outside, remove basting.

Step 8: Attach straps to chest band.
Reposition straps on chest band using marks. Topstitch in place several times back and forth along edge of chest band to secure.

Step 9: Shaping (optional) and finish hem.
The shaping step is included to give the top a slightly more fitted (and possibly more flattering) look. Try it! If you don’t like how it looks you can always pull out the stitching.

Turn top inside out and find center of side seam. Make a mark at center 1” away from seam. Now draw a slightly curved line from the chest band to the center mark, and from the center mark to the hem.
Sew along this line. Trim fabric along seams, press open.Hem bottom edge. Fold ½” under along raw edge, press. Repeat (raw edge is now hidden). Sew along edge of fold. Alternative: use blind hem foot to create an invisible hem or use serger to finish edge with a rolled hem.
Step 10: Make and attach pockets (optional).
Fold pocket piece in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew around edge with ¼” seam, leaving 2” open at bottom of pocket. Press, clip corners, turn right-side-out, press again. Place pockets where desired on outside of top (I centered mine along the side seams). Topstitch sides and bottom of pocket to attach, sewing opening shut as you go.

Step 11: Stand back, admire, take a picture and put it in the SMS Flickr Pool!


Green top variation with contrasting fabrics.


Yellow top variation (minus ruffle details).

For the yellow top:
The ruffles, pockets and arm divots were omitted. Instead, a piece of 1/4″ bias tape was sewn 3/8″ away from the unfolded edge of both the straps and the chest band pieces. Gathering was done in place of pleats: make a mark along the top edge 7″ away from either side of center (for both front and back). Gather between marks until size matches chest band, then sew front and back together and continue as in pleated version.

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310 Responses to Spring Sewing ~ Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial

  1. I Made It! My first garment ever. Thanks so much. I am really, really happy with it. (Wearing it now.)

    Y’all can check it out on my blog:


  2. fungsta says:

    I love this top – I’ve only just started to learn sew, so made one of these for myself and it’s wonderful (Bit cold to wear now, but can’t wait for spring to make an appearance). I also made one for my sister, now who else can I make one for?…

  3. This is so cute, thanks for the tutorial I have so much fabric i never know what to do with it.

  4. sarah barnette says:

    I know this is an old post but I just wanted to say I have made it twice. Once for one daughter and then the other daughter wanted one and then a friend wants one. Great tutorial!!

  5. MommaBlogger says:

    Is this published under any license? Creative Commons or the like? Or are we allowed to sell what we create from this pattern? Just wondering as I didn’t see it offhand 🙂

  6. Autoglass says:

    Cool blog.

  7. Marie,sophie says:

    Thank you for this tuto. I going to try for my daugther…and for me.
    Have a good day

  8. queenD says:

    I’m so into sewing now and looking for simple tutorial tops. thanx for this picstures tutorial. this is a very good blog. thanx ^_____^

  9. I saw this tutorial last Friday, immediately measured my daughter and myself and eagerly bought fabric. It was SO easy to lay-out the shapes and cut the pieces (without a rotary-can’t find it since the move). Finally had time to piece it together last night and am wearing it today. Thank you for restoring conficence in my ability to follow directions and come-out with something functional!

  10. I love this top i will definitely be making one.

  11. Linda says:

    Thank you for generously sharing. Love it!

  12. Isabel says:

    Simply beautiful, wonderful!!!

  13. Amy says:

    This looks doable even for me! I can’t do sleeveless, though. Please could you tell me how to make this same top with short sleeves?

  14. Amber says:

    Love This top I have three little girls and so I am going turn this into A Dress for my daughters! and make a matching top for the fourth of july!! So excited!!
    Thanks so much.

  15. IrmaSonia says:

    i made this into my daughter dress

    pls visit my blog:

  16. Macey says:

    I am in love with this tutorial!! I have already made several of these for my 15 month old. The only problem is that I can’t get mine to not make me look pregnant! Ugh. My only complaint would be to give a general idea of how much fabric would be needed.

  17. hi
    i made this for my 3 yr old & it has come out sooooo well.she looks like a lil darling:)
    thank you so much

  18. Angela says:

    I just made this! It is the first thing I’ve made for an adult and it is great. I’m intimidated by patterns but the measurements on this were so easy. I’m thrilled with the result and have gained some confidence to sew some more clothes for myself!

  19. amanda says:

    this is so cute. id like to try to make it longer and turn it into a really cute summer dress that comes to the mid thigh…ofcourse this is an extremely beginer sewer writing haha

  20. Susie says:

    Yippee! Thanks Rae, for the fantastic (and free!) tutorial! This was my first ever piece of clothing for me (i.e. not my kids) and I LOVE it! It was really easy to follow. I did have to take in a lot of fabric on the optional fitting step – I highly recommend that step – but if you are preggers this top will fit beautiful without taking it in. Here are some photos:

  21. Nichole says:

    I LOVE this pattern!! Thank you so much for sharing! I made this for my very thin 13 y/o daughter yesterday. Took me just a few hours, from measuring her, to finishing. I did a french seam on the side seams, no worries about fraying. I’m planning a zipper for the next one.

  22. Jennifer says:

    I’m going to give this a go during nap time today! I really hope it turns out well. Thank you so much for all the information!!♥♥♥

  23. Teresa says:

    I’ve been meaning to make one of these for a while. Finally had the time. This is my first garment project. I love it.
    Here’s a pic.

  24. Jenn says:

    This is so cute! I might have to try to make one!

  25. Rebecca says:

    I’m hoping to make two of these: one as a shirt, and one as a dress. Now I have to go look through my huge unorganized piles of fabric for pieces that go together and are big enough!

  26. Dee says:

    This is uncanny! i was thinking of JUST such a top and now I don’t have to figure it out myself! THANK YOU!!

  27. medha devdas says:

    very cute top i want to try this thanx for sharing

  28. A. Davis says:

    Thank you so much for posting such detailed instructions. For someone who is very new to sewing, this is a pot of gold 🙂

  29. Beth P. says:

    What a cute top! I can’t wait to try it out.

  30. Whitney says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I made a video showing me using your tutorial. I hope you check it out and like it! I really love this tutorial so I wanted to share it with other people 🙂


  31. Kate says:

    So cute! Can’t wait to make this one.

  32. Gray says:

    Great tutorial- no the slightest confused which is brilliant! I have some fantastic fabric in my stash which I wnat to use. Thankyou!

  33. Whitney says:

    I’m going to have to make one of these for myself! Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  34. Victoria Drake says:

    O am totally going to make matching tops for me and my daughter. Great tutorial.

  35. Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. Somtimes it takes so much effort to find even tiny useful piece of information.
    Nice post. Thanks

  36. Quinnlynn says:

    Just thought I would share…just learning how to sew…Thank you for the Ruffle shirt pattern…I DID IT!….It came out cute…Thank you!

  37. Patricia says:

    Muito Obrigado .That means Tks so much in Portuguese ! From Brazil my tks to you to explain so well how to make this top. Very well done, very easy to understand nice pictures too!

  38. silvia says:

    Me again to say that I’ve translated this AWESOME tutorial in Italian to give some joy to my italian craft mates too. If there’s any problem with this please let me know and I’ll take it off straight away. Otherwise I thank you dearly for sharing such a cute cute thing!!!
    Here’s the link: http://birdsandbees.us/2009/08/lovely-top-made-from-great-tutorial/

  39. Nadia says:

    this is soo cool thank you for making this blog for sewing I `m a begging sewer so these projects are just so awesome! thanks so much.

  40. Sarah says:

    Wow I REALLY love this tutorial, it is really clear and so easy to adapt! As soon as I have my mojo back I will be making this into a multi-layered dress (I hope). If it is a success I will upload to the Flickr pool!

  41. Shawn says:

    Thank you for this pattern!! I’ve been needing a new shirt, and this was what I had in mind. Unfortunately, I don’y know how to draft my own patterns. Yours looks easy to follow. Thanks again!

  42. tat says:

    thanks for your tutorial..i made a ruffle dress for my daughter based on your tutorial..

  43. silvia says:

    This top is so easy and fabulous!
    Thank you so much Made by Rae, you just made my day 🙂
    Check my one out : http://www.birdsandbees.it/news/31/55

  44. Fay says:

    thanks for posting this! good, easy to follow instructions! wasn’t quick though as i have no sewing machine and did it all by hand! didn’t turn out to bad considering i’d never sewed anything in my life! thanks!

  45. MARY says:


  46. kassi says:

    Absolutely adore this shirt. thanks for sharing your pattern. 🙂

  47. Kristina says:

    I absolutely love this pattern! I am a big girl… my ‘girls’ are a 42F to give you a clue! I just made this in about 30 minutes, minus the ruffles. I made it with a divot and in the front, two small pleats. I put it on and walked outside to see my husband… his first words, “Where did you buy that shirt?” I said that I made it. “YOU MADE IT!!!!!?? It looks professional!” Yeah… he just made my day and you did as well giving me a great pattern to work with! Thank you!!!!!!!!

  48. Jessica says:

    So cute, I’m going to make one as a dress!

  49. Lana Kae says:

    I love this look! I love the pleats in front. I am a novice seamstress and have never sewed this many pleats before. I hope it turns out well. I am going to try this today. Thanks for sharing!

  50. Stephanie says:

    I made this in 2 coordinating batiks for my daughter’s birthday(19th). I did not cut or hem it because I wanted to make sure it was the proper length. She loved it and we kept it long for a summer dress. It is the first thing I have made for her in a long time. She does not always enjoy Mom’s projects but loved this one. Now my other 2 daughters want one too. It is easy and fun to make.

    Thank you!!

  51. Grace says:

    Im so making one for me and my sister

  52. Christine Z. says:

    Just made this shirt this last weekend. It turned out great! I wore it to work and received tons of compliments. I have plans to make two more. So exciting! Thanks for the pattern

  53. Strömming says:

    I love this top and thank you for the patterna. My top can be found at http://strommingdesign.blogspot.com/2009/06/spring-ruffle-top.html

    The tutorial was great and easy to understand even for someone who do not speak englis as a first language.


  54. glenna says:

    E to the M–
    I have a large bustline, and it does kind of hang off me like a tent…I kept thinking, this would be great if I were several months pregnant. 🙂 Just a warning!

  55. Katie says:

    To make the ruffle all you have to do is baste along the edge 2 times (mayvbe 1/8in apart) Then you gather the fabric along the basting and voila, you have a ruffle.

  56. corinne says:

    i am an apparel sewing novice (i quilt, but haven’t tried clothes). how does one make the ruffles? i was a bit lost in the tutorial. do you gather the fabric as you sew? or does the ruffle automatically happen as you sew? i don’t understand how the 3″x22″ rectangles gets ruffle-y. thanks!

  57. Dena says:

    As a teenager, I can remember sewing several tops/smocks in this style. I come from a large family with limited resources and I would go to the thrift stores and use fabric from old garments to make these. Friends were envious because my creations were one of a kind. Funny how the style has come back… The memories are priceless. Thank you.

  58. Linda Dunn says:

    Wow. Thanks! You could lengthen this and make a great nightgown too.

  59. Erin C. says:

    I just finished making it,and I would like to say that to anyone who is making this as a maternity shirt,you don’t need to modify it at all! In fact,I had to modify it so it WOULDN’T look like a maternity shirt,which is good,seeing as I am not pregnant,I just wanted to make a summer shirt that is girly looking.

    Once again,I had such a blast making this shirt!! It fits perfectly,and I love that I made it myself!! It looks like I bought it from the store!

    Everyone should have at least one of these in their wardrobe!! I am already planning the next one I am going to make!!!

  60. Erin C. says:

    I am just taking a break from making this shirt to say how much fun I am having!!! I am a begginer in sewing,and I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy to understand the directions are!! That is one problem I usually have with online sewing patterns! My mom is very happy with this,too,because I had to use math to make this. *YUCK* I can’t wait to finish and wear it for all to see!!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make something else! Any suggestions?

  61. Liz says:

    i was SO excited to try this top, but it was a bear! some modifications necessary to make this wearable: i would not consider myself to have “a larger bust” at a B cup, but i had to pick the front pleats out as per the directions for those with a larger bust, or i looked 8 months pregnant. in the back, i had to extend the pleats down another 3+” and essentially turn them into darts, otherwise i had a weird bubble of fabric between the pleats and my butt. the bottom wasn’t tight around my hips, at all–the back just made an odd sort of bubble on me. i’m pretty short-waisted and have a good lumbar curve, so maybe that was it?? i love babydoll tops and have quite a few already, but this one i basically had to turn into a different shirt than the pattern: top-anchored front pleats, 5-6″ darts in the back, and shorten it to hip length (which i meant to do anyway). i still have to play with the pleats/darts in the back to make them behave the way i would like, but i think i have managed to salvage this top.

  62. Jenny says:

    Love this! Anyone have any tips on the type of fabric? If I use 100% cotton, will that be enough give to be able to put this on?

  63. Kym Peavoy says:

    AAAAAHHHH!!!! I just adore this shirt! I made one a week ago without the pockets, and today I decided to add them and THEY ARE SO CUTE! I feel so cute in this shirt!!! I also started my second one today and I’m going to try to add sleeves to it. If I succeed then I will post a tutorial on my blog of how to do so!
    Rae, you are awesome, thankyou thankyou thankyou!

  64. serina says:

    great tutorial. thanks for sharing!

    i agree that someone needs to do a tute on how to add sleeves to this.

  65. nene says:

    I love the birdcage fabric…please if anyone know where to get some let me know! Thanks!!

  66. Thank you for the awesome tutorial! I have some fabric in mind already. This might just be the foundation my new spring/summer wardrobe!

  67. pdlew says:

    Can’t wait to get started on this project!!! I hope it is a simple as it looks!!!

  68. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! This was great–easy to follow and with great results. Thanks again!

  69. Jessicafugs says:

    Wow! Thank you very much! I always wanted to write in my site something like that

  70. karen says:

    hi rae,
    wow just too darn cute, u could nvr buy this in a store!!! i wish i had skinny arms cuz i would make this in a heart beat. love love love!!!
    cakes_ri aka karen

  71. eugene says:

    wowowo really simple and nice!!!!

  72. Leslie J says:

    Oh, I’m totally going to make this. Hopefully I can squeeze in a trip to the fabric store this week… Thanks for sharing!

  73. Aline says:

    When I saw this shirt I thought that I MUST do one. On the same night I started working on my own and it came out perfect!
    Thank you!

  74. Amanda says:

    I LOVE this and I’m going to order some fabric so I can make it. I’m just wondering if this can be made into a dress. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can go about this?

  75. Rosa Fernandez says:

    Very cute, I already made one and my daughter loves it. Off to make some more

  76. Cold Hearted Stitch says:

    Have any plus sized gals tried this? I am a little concerned about whether or not it will make a zaftig girl like myself look preggers.

  77. Rosa Fernandez says:

    Very cute top, my 11 year old daughter is in love with it. I am not a sewer but will try to make it.
    Thanks. Rosa

  78. daniela says:

    love the easy look of this top and feel like sitting down to make it right away

  79. Angel says:

    I’m getting ready to make a version of this for my nearly 5 year old~maybe til we are done, I will make for all of us! = ) Thanks so much!

  80. HollyP` says:

    Such a fabulous top! I want to make some for my kids, and for me!

  81. Rebecca says:

    I just love this top. And you have done an excellent job with giving pictures of each step which is oh so helpful. I find that standard clothing directions in a pattern are often confusing, but I feel I could make this top. Thanks so much!

  82. alisha says:

    This top is so cute. I may try it so that the straps button in front. I love big buttons!

  83. E to the M says:

    So here’s a quick question. I love the top and want to make one but as a girl with a big bust line I’m worried it may hang off my chest like a circus tent. What do you think?

  84. Roseanna says:

    Lovely, perfect for summer…I willbe making afew of these!

  85. pranita says:

    It’s so cute, thank you so much! I’ve already made mine, click on my name to go see!

  86. Annie says:

    This is just what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing it! I love the top with the piping and birdcage fabric.

  87. Lorajean says:

    just took my measurements, can’t wait to get started!

  88. Such a cute top even if it’s a little over my ability right now! Who knows, I may give it a try when warmer weather hits my part of the world!

  89. Dana says:

    Love the shirt! It looks so cool and comfy. Perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing!

  90. Thiry says:

    What an adorable top! Thank you for the inspiration!

  91. Erica says:

    This is really cute. I came from Blissfully Domestic. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will be back!

  92. Momo says:

    Wow! So cute! What a wonderful pattern. I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing. Definitely going to try this one when I get the chance.

  93. jenn says:

    anyway to get this as a pdf for downloading? gracias.

  94. Kristina says:

    Super cute top…I wish i was a better sewer to follow along…but I am learning!

  95. Carla says:

    Very cute. Love the yellow flowered fabric.

  96. I Loooove this top! I just came up with an idea for one I am going to make this Fall even though I don’t have the fabric yet!


    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! Can’t wait to make myself one…or twenty 🙂

  97. mriam says:

    i love this shirt- super cute. how would you change the measurements for a maternity shirt?

  98. JenR says:

    This is CUTE!! And I love that it can be made any size! I’m thinking one (or a few) for me and some for the munchkin! Thank you!

  99. Heide says:

    Oh my goodness, too too cool! Must try!

  100. carolyn says:

    Awesome top and great tutorial! I’m raiding to my stash right now so I can make this!

  101. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve had Rae’s bag on my to-do list for a while… and now this summery top that will easily accommodate my expanding baby belly… geez I need to get sewing! Thanks for some more great inspiration and the info about using it as a maternity pattern.

  102. sara says:

    My daughters want me to make this for them. Would the measurements work for kids as well?

  103. Lisa says:

    Fantastic pattern! Just changed made one for my 3 year old

  104. BethieB says:

    This is the best tutorial EVER! I can’t wait to get an hour (or a million) to myself to try this out! Love the idea of not needing a pattern, which also equals not needing extra cash to blow on sewing, which I don’t have atm, lol. Thanks for the brilliant post!

  105. emily says:

    It needs to be 80 degrees right now… because I just finished this top – and don’t want to take it off. –and thanks for the note about leaving the pleats unsewn if bigger bust. I never thought I’d be in that category (thanks to baby!) It fits perfectly! —and covers up the straps of the nursing bra! Thanks!

  106. Ellen Q says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial and making it so that we can adapt it to our own size!

  107. Julia in MI says:

    This top is super cute. Thanks for the tute. =)

  108. Jenn says:

    LOVE it! I’m going to make a pile of these for the summer…they’ll hide my baby belly until I get around to sharing the news with the boss!! Thanks!

  109. Rachel O says:

    I didn’t think I wanted to sew today. Now I do! Thanks for this darling top. I am making one for me and one for each of my daughters. Adorable.

  110. Steph W says:

    OK, this is on the To Do list!!

  111. Heather P says:

    I love this top! I am always looking for cute things to make for myself. I seem to spend most of my time making dresses for my daughters. I cannot wait to try out this top! hopefully I can find the time to make it before my vacation at the end of next month!!!

  112. Heather says:

    so cute! I love it. thanks for sharing this easy idea for mama:).

  113. Layla says:

    Wow, it’s not easy to find a tute for a top that can work as maternity as well. This is super cute, thanks so much!

  114. MaryAnn says:

    I just found out that my daughter is expecting and this pattern would be perfect for her this summer! Thanks

  115. Annemarie says:

    This is adorable – what great project for next weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  116. ellen says:

    The top is so cute. I have been wanting to try and make some clothing. Looks like a great place to start.

  117. jas zhuo aka xiao chou says:

    this top is so sweet. I goin to make it longer and wear it as a dress. 😀

  118. Deborah says:

    Really cute top! Thanks for this SO easy-to-follow tutorial – the instructions and pictures are crystal-clear!

  119. Deborah says:

    This top is adorable!

  120. Michelle says:

    *Gorgeous*! Definitely going in my pile of summer sewing projects.

  121. Lauranie says:

    Thanks Rae, you always have the best ideas! Love it!

  122. Samantha says:

    I was LITERALLY just searching blogs and etsy for this type of top pattern. THANK YOU again for providing us with a great pattern!!!

  123. Ashley Ann says:

    That is so cute!

  124. Vicki Terpstra says:

    This is adorable and amazingly simple too. Thank you SO much for this wonderful tutorial. Great job!

  125. lynn whelan says:

    cute top. I love the green version!!!

  126. Carlotta says:

    What a cool looking shirt. I like how it’s done by measurements. This way I can make one for my daughters as well. Thanks bunches!
    ~Tootles for now!

  127. Liz says:

    I bought the fabric for this today. I hope to have it ready to wear this week and posting it for the Spring Top Week.

  128. lexie says:

    I’m making this right now, must have been fate that took me to the fabric shop on friday, and found this tonight, cant wait to finish it up and wait for the wiltshire rain to stop!!! thanks so much, love your blog!!! x

  129. Emily says:

    This top is great! I can’t wait to make it.

  130. ruth says:

    I am totally loving this top! Won’t everyone be jealous of me when I finish mine and show off my fashion and skills!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  131. craftytammie says:

    These are so adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  132. kara says:

    LOVE this!!!! Can’t wait to make it THIS week!!

  133. Sonicka says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Wonder if I have time to make it today…

  134. Karen says:

    This is so cute, and so very adaptable to some very fun pattern/color combinations…the trouble is figuring out where to start!!

  135. laura says:

    Thanks! this is totally adorable. I can’t wait to try it!!

  136. Chrisandra Davis says:

    I made one for my niece last night! Thanks for sharing.

  137. Ellen B says:

    Love the yellow variation!

  138. MamaBee says:

    Ooh, this shirt is great! I was so glad to read the suggestions for us preggy folk, and encouraged that other ladies are thinking the same thing I am (this shirt will be PERFECT as my belly gets bigger this summer!). Thanks for this!

  139. Jessica T says:

    I think I will make it a bit longer and make nightgowns for my daughter and me, how cute!

  140. laurel groh says:

    thank you, thank you. i think this is a top even I – a complete beginner can make. it’s definitely made it to my to-do list! thank you.

  141. Andrea says:

    awesome! I am going to make this!

  142. sandyandcosmo says:

    This is the perfect summer top, anyone could wear this. Thanks for sharing.

  143. Penny says:

    LOVE this top, I think this will be the first piece of clothing I’ve ever made for ME 😉 Thanks so much for the tutorial

  144. Jody says:

    The tutorials and contributors are always so great on SMS! Thank you for providing this info to us!! jodym7@yahoo.com

  145. SuBoo says:

    The top looks fantastic – thanks!

  146. I love, love, love this top. Thanks to you all for putting it up here and to Rae for showing it to us. I really have to get something nice to make it with now! I’m enjoying seeing what everybody has made at the photo pool too. Well done everyone!

  147. Ananda says:

    very cute and it seams fairly easy too. thanks.

  148. RCD says:

    Do you have this in PDF? It’s 13 pages if I print from the website.

  149. Sara R. says:

    Oh! I am in love…so delicate and feminine…but not too frilly! Now I just need some sunflower colored fabric…

  150. RCD says:

    Do you have any photos of the top and bottom worn together? I just want to see how they lay.

  151. Becca B says:

    How cute!! And someone made a comment that this would make a cute little dress, too. LOVE it. This tutorial was so easy to read. And I’m tutorially-challenged. I need it as clear as possible. Good job!

  152. Nova says:

    Yay for Rae! She’s done it again 🙂 What a star. Thanks for sharing, love this, so so cute. xxx

  153. Ohhh… thank you , thank you, thank you for posting this tutorial … and many more thanks to Made by Rae for sharing it as well !!! I have being looking for exactly a top like this… specially the gathered variation but adding the ruffles ! Hopefully mine will turned out as pretty as the one in the pictures and maybe I can also try making one for my pre-schooler ! Thanks Again !!!

  154. Christina says:

    I love it! Can’t wait to make one (or two, or three) Thank you for sharing.

  155. Jenny says:

    Thank you! Thank you! I have been searching for a great top pattern. Can’t wait to give this one a try.

  156. Liz says:

    A-dorable! OH my gosh! I want to make many of these! Off to rifle through my stash…

  157. Brooke says:

    What a fantastic tutorial – can’t wait to try this! I had planned to use my piles of pretty fabric for my girls but I think I’ve just be sidetracked! Thanks!

  158. Bailey says:

    Such a great shirt! I’m going to try it as soon as I can put this baby down…

  159. Lindsey says:

    perfect solution for this summer, since I have no tank tops that fit 🙂

  160. Sarah D says:

    Looks like I have a project for next weekend!

  161. just lovely says:

    Love it!

  162. Rochelle says:

    Those examples are beautiful!

    Your blog is great! I made the Buttercup Bag and just love it!

  163. Christine B says:

    ooohhh… i love it – especially without the ruffle thanks for the pattern:)

  164. Kristi says:

    It’s really nice. I loved looking at the other colors and I liked the one without the ruffles also

  165. Jenna says:

    ahhh! i LOVE this! its soooo perfect for me! thanks for posting it! love how you made it customizable for everyone. can’t wait to try it out!!!!

  166. min says:

    I like the front for an apron idea. Super cute.

  167. Kristy says:

    Arg! So awesome! I need some work appropriate tops – I’m going to try one with & one without ruffles!

  168. Michelle says:

    Wow, that is such a cute shirt and it actually seems like quite a doable pattern! I might have to give it a try. Thanks for the continual inspiration!

  169. Kimberly says:

    I love this top! It is so cute and I’m dying to make one…I have the hardest time with patterns. But, I totally need sleeves! Anyone with any ideas on that one?

  170. LOVE IT! I linked to this!

  171. Noah says:

    Super cute! If I get a chance, I want to try this with extra fabric/longer fabric in the front to make a maternity shirt. I don’t think it would be hard to do at all with the way it’s already fairly full.

  172. Christa says:

    I am sooo trying this top…..I just love it. I have such a hard time finding clothes that fit properly – this is such a wonderful and easy way to do a custom fit.

  173. michelle says:

    I love, love this kind of tutorial. Thanks.

  174. Debra says:

    So cute and great tutorial!

  175. Leah says:

    Thanks Rae! you’re awesome!

  176. Mindy says:

    Great tutorial! I can’t wait to try it!

  177. Christine says:

    This is such a cute shirt! Here in the south, it will be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. 🙂

  178. Anne says:

    THis may be the cutest top ever….even better I can say I made it!

  179. rebe says:

    Looks like a fun project.

  180. Libby says:

    Love the last variation without the ruffles, especially love the fabric.

  181. Tanya Barrett says:

    Great, I need to try this!

  182. Jennifer says:

    I’ve gotta quit my day job so I can stay home and sew! Very cool.

  183. A-DORABLE! thank you for the great tutorial!

  184. Lauren says:

    This is a surprisingly cute top for so little work required, thanks to Rae hopefully I have at least one cute new top in the near future!

  185. Di says:

    Cute top! I think I need to make a couple of these. Thanks so much for the tute!

  186. Erin says:

    This top will be perfect for the hot summer days chasing after two boys! Thanks for another great tutorial!

  187. Lynne in NC says:

    Adorable! great tutorial, too. Thanks.

  188. Carrie says:

    This is beyond adorable. It’s definitely going on my to do list!

  189. Christina says:

    Wow, this is a definite must!

  190. tjesa says:

    Wow, adorable. Think even I could try sewing the one without the ruffles!

  191. Ramona says:

    So cute. These would look adorable on my daughters. I can’t wait to make them.

  192. Leanna says:

    Really cute! Thanks for the simple tutorial. I hope it looks that fun when I try to make it! =)

  193. Nova437 says:

    I like the yellow version especially. I may need to make something with pockets for summer.

  194. Jenadina says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

  195. Barb says:

    Wow, I love this top – maybe I should actually try to make something for myself! Love it!

  196. Jennifer L. says:

    This is the first item of clothing I have ever sewn for myself, it was fast and easy and totally cute on!!! I did find that I would like my shoulder straps about 1 inch shorter but the rest of the measurements are spot on. Thank you!!!

  197. Haley Crumpler says:

    I love this shirt but it doesn’t tell me how much fabric I need to buy for each piece.

  198. Shannon says:

    Adorable. I will be making this in Mommy & toddler size…

  199. Monica Gee says:

    This top looks like a good one to modify into a maternity top! What a lovely idea!

  200. Danielle says:

    Have to make it!!!

  201. Alison says:

    Love this top will def need to give it a go. We don’t get too much sun here but a long sleeved white T underneath this would look cute.

    Have noticed so many comments about turning this into a maternity shirt (which I think would be quite easy). I think sew-mama- sew should think about doing a little maternity special (a few weeks too late for me – sob! – but would be nice to see all the same)

  202. Sinje says:

    Thank you for another awesome tutorial! I loved your buttercup bag and this top is just gorgeous. I especially love the pockets 🙂 Keep up the great work!!!

  203. jen w says:

    yay, so cute and i am so excited that us maternity people can wear it as well!

  204. Julie says:

    Yet another wonderful tutorial! Thanks!

  205. Jennifer says:

    Super cool shirt top. Thanks for the tutorial.

  206. Michele says:

    Very spring! I wonder if it would work for a pregnant belly….hmmmmm.

  207. Grand dad says:

    Verry Nice…really like the green and red combo!

  208. Sara says:

    How did you know that I found some fabric just last week and wanted to make this exact, I mean exact top! Thank you so much for sharing Beth!

  209. all8garden says:

    Very cute and looks super easy. Thank you for the tutorial.

  210. ~Heather says:

    This top has great potential for lots of variations! ~H

  211. Deb V says:

    Wow that top is so cute. I am going to have to make one.

  212. Great i can now start working on my top and i better get cracking with it. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial.

  213. indywriter says:

    I never make stuff for myself, because it takes so much longer than making for my girls. But I think this one is demanding to be made for me! Yippee!

  214. Huong says:

    thanks for the tutorial. I love the blouse. it’s perfect for spring and summer! I’m adding this tut to my favorites!

  215. Erika says:

    LOVE it, I will be adding this to my to-do list!

  216. Samantha t says:

    Ooh! Making this will be a perfect treat for when I finish my exams! Can’t wait – and THANK YOU!

  217. Marissa says:

    Very cute!

  218. Shanna says:

    So cute! I can’t wait to try it. Thank God for all these amazing crafty women who share their creativity with us.

  219. Tricia says:

    Very cute! I’m not sure how it will flatter the, um, rack, but it looks so comfy I’m going to give it a try.

  220. orata says:

    oh so cute! Any chance of tips on how to estimate yardage required?

  221. karissa says:

    I am going to make one of these!!

  222. Kelli says:

    Oh I love this! This is moving up on the to-do list and bypassing some projects that have been there awhile…I never make anything for me, but I think that will change with this cute top!

  223. meaganbuch says:

    what a fun top!

  224. Tabitha says:

    My teen daughters will adore this pattern (me too). Thanks!

  225. Christina says:

    such a cute top! i can’t wait to try this!

  226. helena says:

    So cute, just what I was looking for. Now I have to clean my work are up.

  227. Sara says:

    I love this! I am so behind on my sewing, but hopefully this will get me in gear so I can enjoy before fall hits!

  228. L. Jane E. says:

    oohh aaahhh, can wait to try it!

  229. Bethany says:

    WowI Incredibly cute! Definitely going on my to do list! Thanks!!

  230. kim says:

    HOLY! you have read my mind. i soooo wanted to start sewing something exactly like these-indebted. THANK YOU!!! 🙂

  231. Andi says:

    I definitely need to find some fabric for this one – thanks for sharing! 🙂

  232. Nichole says:

    I love how this can be made to fit anyone, any size! I’m going to try one for me and one for my daughter. SMS – would you consider putting this in a pdf for easier printing? Thanks for the great resource!

  233. Julie says:

    So cute. It might make a cute dress for my three year old too, depending on the scale. I’ll have to try it out.

  234. Laura says:

    I’ve been wanting to try making a top…maybe this should be the one. Very cute!

  235. RAE says:

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments! I’m so glad you like it and can’t wait to see your finished ruffle tops!!!

    I just had to comment because a few of you have asked about maternity modifications; I am actually currently six months pregnant too so I tried hard to make this pattern work for both pregnant and non-pregnant folks (I’m sucking in my baby belly in the pic above BTW, but the tops do fit me fine even when I’m not…). Because there’s about 12 inches of ease in the hips I think you’ll find that it will fit for quite a long time even if you are pregnant. If you are closer to 8-9 months, you may want to add another couple of pleats in the front, and maybe an inch or two of length in the front, but I wouldn’t add much more than that; 20 inches is actually quite long and I think you’ll find it covers the belly just fine; maybe just shorten the back slightly if you want it to look more balanced when you stick out in front! (:

  236. Kathryn says:

    what a cute top! and another thing on my to do list 🙂

  237. angela says:

    Welcome, Rae! What a lovely top!

  238. Lorene says:

    I LOVE this top! If only I didn’t have oh about a thousand other sewing projects right now!! Maybe I will have to move this one to the top.

  239. Love this! So going to whip a few. Maybe even one as a dress 🙂 Thank you for sharing your pattern.

  240. AmyP says:

    Wonderful tutorial/pattern and just in time for Spring!

  241. Mama Lusco says:

    What a great spring top! Thank you for another great tutorial…makes me want to sew!

  242. Ms.Cleaver says:

    Super cute! I have a mental health day coming up soon and this may be just the thing to do!

  243. Edris says:

    I’ve been looking for some cute spring/summer tops and this fits the bill. It gets hot here in Hot-lanta so this will come in handy.

  244. emily says:

    That’s amazing! I need to go buy some fabric.

  245. Stacy says:

    That top is awesome! I am definately going to make at least one for my summer wardrobe!

  246. amy says:

    So cute! I want to sew one for me and one for my daughter!

  247. Jennifer says:

    love it! want to make one for my girls!

  248. Patrice says:

    So cute! Now to choose my fabric! Thank you!!

  249. Trina says:

    So so so so cute!!!! I am going to have to make a couple!

  250. Lynn says:

    VERY cute. I love it Rae!

  251. jessica m says:

    That is a SUPER cute top. The pleating detail really makes it look tailored and stylish. Great tutorial!

  252. alison says:

    Love this top! I have to make one for myself, one for my daughter, on for my S-I-L, one for a friend……..
    This top is being added to my to-do list and I’m putting at the top (for me) – for once everyone else can wait!

  253. Katie says:

    This is really cute!!

  254. Adorable! Thank you so much for sharing. This looks easy enough even for me. I think I’ll try it this weekend (will blog and share if I manage it).

  255. Michelle says:

    This looks fantastic, and, ultimately, very do-able. Thanks, I just might tackle it!

  256. Elizabeth says:

    Rae-You are awesome. This top is perfect. Thank you so much!

  257. Codecrafter says:

    So cute! I really want to make one. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  258. MegVS says:

    Rae, I love it! I want to make it!

  259. Cami Paul says:

    This cute top is going to the top of my to-do list!! Can’t wait for warmer weather!

  260. Pam says:

    I wore one very similar in the mid-70’s and I loved it then and I love it now! May have to make my 20 year old daughter one of these.

  261. Veronica says:

    Cool top! Thanks for sharing.

  262. Keilah says:

    Love it! I am going to try to make one for me and my daughter. Great tutorial, thanks!

  263. Elizabeth says:

    Rae, you are a rockstar! I’m super short-waisted and this is one of the few styles of summer top that I can wear without looking like the side of a barn. Thank you so much!

  264. Kara says:

    Cute shirt – I love the yellow!

  265. Shawna says:

    This is so cute! I will be making this for sure:)

  266. Emily C says:

    I love how feminine and soft the top top is. 🙂 Thanks or sharing your creativity (and variations, makes it irresistible to try) ! Maybe now that it’s getting nice and warm a break from blankets & quilts would be appropriate…

  267. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    Cute shirt. Thanks for the tutorial.

  268. Katie says:

    I noticed quite a few questions about altering this for a prego belly. Tips or suggestions on where to find tips on this would be awesome.

  269. Melanie says:

    So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  270. Katie says:

    This top is fabulous! It will be a perfect maternity top for me as it gets warmer, really excited about this!

  271. Martina Su says:

    I love love love this shirt. Who is the designer of the yellow flower fabric (the main fabric in the tutorial?) thanks a lot for the tutorial

  272. Rebecca says:

    wow, great top!

  273. Alice S says:

    I’m adding this to my project list. What fun it will be to make something for myself to wear!

  274. juliecache says:

    apparel scares me, but I think I can do this. it is very cute.

  275. thea says:

    This is so cute! I want to make a little babydoll dress like this!

  276. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Sew cute and wonderful instructions. I need to make a few of these!!

  277. Rebecca says:

    I’ve been looking for some summer maternity tops to make and I think I can adapt this one pretty easily – thanks!

  278. Melissa says:

    I love this!!

    I wonder if I doubled the ruffles in the front and made the front longer than the back I could alter it to accommodate my 30-some weeks preggo belly?

    Any tips from the pros on this one?

  279. Susanna says:

    oh my gosh! I love them! I’m making a hundred RIGHT NOW

  280. Serena says:

    Wow! These tops are SO cute! I can’t wait to make one!

  281. tasha roe says:

    This is the most darling summer top ever!! Cant wait to dig through my fabric stash to make a few of these beauties!! Nice work on the tutorial.

  282. Annette says:

    Bookmarked! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. It looks like it can easily be adapted into a little summer dress, too.

  283. Lorna says:

    What a fun top! I may have to try this tonight.

  284. Nichole says:

    this is really cute! i can’t wait to try to make one this weekend!

  285. Megan says:

    That’s such a cute top! I look forward to trying it out!

  286. CHARLIE says:

    super cute and great for hot summer days. thank you for the pattern!

  287. Shannon says:

    This top is so cute! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try.

  288. Annika says:

    This is GREAT! I will be stopping by the thrift stores this weekend in search of some vintage sheets to make myself a top or three.

  289. sarah says:

    love this! I’m going to the fabric store right now!

  290. So cute! I love it. i was looking for a summer top to make and this is perfect. Thanks!!

  291. Mary says:

    Wow, that is really cute. I don’t usually make clothing, but I may just have to try this.

  292. dana says:

    What an adorable top and a great tutorial.
    Thanks for sharing!

  293. annie says:

    Oh my gosh….thank you for this WONDERFUL tutorial. My sweet daughter is a second grade school teacher. That means she works SOOOO hard, is sadly underpaid and since she and her husband both teach, her budget for new clothes is nil. I try my best to make things she would enjoy and wear and I know she will LOVE this!!!! Thank you again for your generous contribution to her wardrobe and to my being able to help!!!! XXX Annie

  294. marie beck says:

    this is such an awesome tutorial, I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  295. amanda says:

    That is seriously awesome!!! If anyone has any links to a tutorial about how to add short sleeves to this, I would love it…

  296. Ambimom says:

    Really clever tutorial. One size TRULY fits all. It would certainly work as a nice sundress too!

  297. Mrs. JP says:

    This top is so cute and can be made for anyone. It amazes me when people make their own patterns and now I’m learning too. Thanks

  298. Holly says:

    Wow! That is *so* cute! And it even looks do-able! I’m wondering if one could turn it into a maternity top by making the front trapezoid significantly bigger than the back one? The back, plus a belly? Anyone? I would *love* to make one of these, but the only way it’ll work this spring is if it accommodates a big ol’ belly!

  299. Jane says:

    I really like the top, thank you for the tutorial. It is on my ToDo list.

  300. Jaime says:

    Wow I love this! Just in time for the warm weather!

  301. Nicole N. says:

    I was admiring this shirt on your blog and so you can imagine my happiness to find a tutorial for it here! I cannot wait to try it! Thank you!!!

  302. Ashley says:

    Very cute! I can already imagine all sorts of variations… time to pull out some fabric!

  303. Kristi says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! I am excited to run downstairs & start sewing!

  304. Kendall says:

    This is the sweetest top. I’m going right now to pick out fabric to make one for my sister.

  305. Ooooh great tutorial!!

  306. water works says:

    This is a great layout with great directions. I’m thinking I can adjust the front panel and pleats to accomodate the baby belly I’ll be sporting in another few weeks, too. Wouldn’t I just cut the front panel longer than the back, maybe on a curve with the lowest point in the center? I am thinking so. Thanks for the idea.

  307. pamela says:

    so gorgeous! i am just a beginner but i am bookmarking this one to learn how to make! these are my favorite tops to wear – i would love to pick out my own fabric!

  308. Debra says:

    Love the yellow banded top. Thanks for the tutorial.

  309. jackie says:

    love it. am starting one today!

  310. Laura F says:

    I love this shirt!
    Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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