A Royal Cardi...

Apr 29, 2011

 ok.. so really the broach is the only sort of royal thing about this cardi...
i made these for my girls Easter dresses and then changed my mind and they didn't wear them because the dresses i made ended up looking super overdone with the huge twirly skirt AND a ruffle-y cardi... even I know where to draw the line..

this is SUPER easy, hardly wastes any fabric and honestly, i think i need one in my size!

you will need a Super cheap long sleeved T shirt
{i am constantly hoarding cheap Tees for a rainy day}

 Fold your Tee in half and chop off the bottom about half way down
{for me that was about 8 inches}

it should look like this..

line up your side  and shoulder seams...

...so you can cut out the front of your cardi,
 {i curved the bottom edge but you don't have to}

it should look like this

 for the sleeves...
chop off the seams

crop the sleeves i half also
{again i chopped about 8 inches}

cut those in half again {4 inch sleeve pieces}
 and then snip out the side seams and open them up... you will now sandwich those together and stitch the 2 sides together {my sleeves tapered a bit so i made sure i lined them up to match}

next slip the new sleeve onto the old one upside down with right sides together...
 they will not fit but that is what you want, make sure you line up the side seams and then you just stretch the old sleeve to fit the new one..

after it is attached pull on it and it will sort of ruffle..

now for the neck ruffle!

take your 8 inch chunk from the bottom of your Tee and chop it into two 4 inch wide strips and stitch them together at the ends to make one L O N G 4 inch wide strip...
now Ruffle that sucker by setting your machine to the longest stitch length and running that stitch right down the center of your strip... then pulling gently on the bobbin thread to gather the fabric

pin it to the neck line of your cardi adjusting your gathers to fit and then stitch it on with a small zig-zag stitch... unpick your gathering stitch {or if your thread matches and no one will see it, don't!}

all done! super fancy!

 add a big cute button or a fancy broach and make it a Royal cardi!


ps... are you a Refashionista too? join the club over at Cotton and Curls!

OH, a little bit of Ditz for ya... my big oops

i meant to make a cute vest.. and ended up making scrap fabric instead

i was SUPPOSED to cut out the front of the Tee... not the front and back



  1. Totally LOVE! Madelyn needs one and so do I!!

  2. I love these!!!! The are darling!

  3. Whoa! Can't believe you did that with T-SHIRT!? Cool!

  4. I love this! Especially the color chosen!

  5. Oh SELINA. You are AMAZING. I wish you could come give me sewing lessons. I have a million and one things I want to make (but I have NO idea how to do it.) Your girlys are so lucky to have a mom like you!

  6. sugarplumsaraMay 01, 2011

    holy cuteness! You've got some serious talent at the sewing machine girl. I love this color with the PEARLS!!! so creative!

    my fashion diary blog: House of Shoes

  7. that's totally adorable. i can't believe you made that! talent. someday i will learn how to make wicked sweet things from scratch too and not just steal ideas from others. that day is not today. thanks for the inspiration.

  8. I am so impressed at this refashion!! Just so clever!

  9. elisa espositoMay 24, 2012

    Very cool! It's hard to believe it's made out of a t-shirt. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I linked it in a series I'm writing for my blog (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.it/2012/05/diy-from-head-to-toe-10.html#more), hope you don't mind!


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