Gatheed Organza Ribbon Trimmed Tee


Gathered Organza Ribbon Tee

Here is another refashioned tee shirt.  Inspiration for this refashioned project came from a photo in a magazine.

Close Up of Organza Trim


Measure organza ribbon for desired effect. I measured 4xs the neckline circumference. This gave me enough ease for the gathers. Sew a gathering stitch along each edge. Gather to fit neckline. Prior to attaching the gathered organza ribbon trim, I changed the neckline by cutting off 1/2 inch and then finishing it. Once new neckline is completed, attach gathered organza ribbon trim.

New Patterns

Wardrobe Additions--Dresses

Wardrobe Additions–Dresses

While visiting our daughters in St. Louis I picked up two dress patterns. I wanted to expand my wardrobe to include more dresses.  This is something I wanted to do since getting hooked on the show, Project Runway.”

A touch of retro

A touch of retro

These patterns were purchased last week as part of a sale from our fabric store.  The little girl’s skirt is a cute project that would make a delightful gift for a little one.  The jeans pattern was not part of the plan, but, a good buy.  The dresses resembled the styles of the 60s and 70s.

Can’t wait to go through my fabric stash for suitable fabric pieces and then … let the sewing begin.

Sizzling Red Orange Tee

Saw a phone on a sewing blog and loved the look of a refashioned tee shirt trimmed with ribbon roses.  Ribbon roses—who would have thought could add so much interest to a tee shirt.  So, I got out a commercially made tee shirt from my closet.  I found one I seldom wore.  I, then, went hunting in my “trim” drawer and discovered a supply of 2.5 inch wide ribbon.

close up

The challenge came in figuring out how to make a ribbon rose.  Searching the internet for directions, I watched several tutorial videos.  After watching them I thought I was ready to begin.  But, alas, I ran into a roadblock when my rose did not resemble the ones in the video.

Thankful for a dear friend, who is also a sewing enthusiast, my project was no loner doomed.  After learning the basic technique from her, I spent some time practicing.  As soon as I was confident, I started my collection of red roses.  I used pieces of ribbon measuring 24 inches in length.

ribbon rose tee

After my roses were made, I arranged them on my sewing table in the pattern of the neckline.  Satisfied with the layout, I singed the raw edges, on the underside, so they would hold up after laundering.

Starting at the middle of the neckline, in this case the point of the V-neckline, I secured the first rose.  I then alternated attaching roses on each side of the middle point working up the neckline.  Note that each rose will vary in its appearance.  This adds a realistic look.  For a dramatic effect, I added one more rose below the anchor rose.

Ribbon Roses

Ribbon Roses


Now, I have an interesting new blouse to add to my wardrobe.