How to Create a Sweeney Todd Vintage Inspired Ruffle Shirt




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Here is a quick and easy way from Threadbanger to add ruffles to any plain old button-down shirt. To see more information on this and to find out how to make a Sweeney Todd inspired dress, watch the episode! Want more Threadheads diy style? Subscribe on iTunes!

All you need is a plain button down shirt, a printed button down shirt (a cool printed piece of fabric will work as well), scissors, ruler, pins, and a sewing machine or the tools to sew by hand.


Step 1: Prepare the Ruffles

Cut out six 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips of your printed shirt. Finish your strips either with a serger or a zig zag stitch.

Step 2: Sew the Ruffles to the Shirt

From the collar down, start attaching your fabric strips. To get the ruffle, just scrunch the fabric strips up under the foot of your sewing machine as you go, and attach down the length of your shirt.

You have a ruffley, victorian-y, Sweeney-Toddy inspired shirt!



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    9 years ago on Introduction

    THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH! That realllly helped me out! <3

    Lord Kanti

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Why not just go buy a ruffly shirt from the thrift store for a dollar and get something that looks awesome and save time, money, and a second shirt. I got a nice vintage ruffle shirt around Halloween one time, sure I was asked if I was gonna be Elton John but I also got compliments before and after Halloween as it was truly an awesome shirt.

    perhaps sycophantic is a bit harsh, it was more in jest, how would you seriously incorporate magnets into this though?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Speaking of LEDs and magnets I actually saw LED throwies in action and they were pretty much the biggest waste of resources ever. And it was at a music festival (lol). People always assume LEDs and magnets automatically make everything "cool" and "futuristic" and "web 2.0" and whatever, and together they somehow become something less than the sum of their parts.

    i think done right LEDs based clothing could be neat, but done right, like flashing in a certain unison, maybe have a ridiculous amount of LEDs and make it look like a wave moving, eh, it does seem a bit excessive, how were they used at the festival?

    I do not seek to be insulting but I love the irony of someone called mistermisanthrope being told he is being to agreeable.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    ruffles need to be much bigger but otherwise well done.


    Would look better with way more ruffle.... if you're gonna do something to stand out, go all out with it or don't bother (my grampa's words of advice). As it is now, it just kinda looks like it had something else stitched to the front and you tried to rip it off but couldn't get it all.