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Ruffle madness :)
I am in LOVE with this LOFT Ruffle Front cardigan (http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=26784&N=0&Ntk=KeywordSearch&Ntt=ruffle+cardigan&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&found=4&defaultSizeType=Regular), but with all the sales LOFT has, I'm hard-pressed to pay retail for anything. I know, it's like a sickness. I have a cheapie cardigan that I wanted to make over, at least temporarily, to fulfill my ruffle madness. I actually tried this several ways before I got it to "work." First with grosgrain ribbon (too stiff) ruffled, then pleated (looked forced), and then finally a thin broadcloth ruffled. Ideally I would have a navy chiffon but I could not for the life of me find one at the local Joann's yesterday :( A few differences to note - since even thin broadcloth is thicker than chiffon, the DIY cardigan ruffles have more volume. Also, the cardigan I chose just so happens to be a full-sleeved, longer type of sweater than the cropped LOFT version. On to the step-by-step tutorial!

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  • How to make a cardigan. Loft Inspired Ruffle Front Cardigan Diy Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, choose a cardigan to "makeover"

  • How to make a cardigan. Loft Inspired Ruffle Front Cardigan Diy Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    Choose a fabric matching your cardigan. A sheer chiffon is ideal but a thin broadcloth
    like mine will also work. I personally like raw, frayed edges so I left mine alone but you can always hem / double up / use fray check on yours.

    I cut my fabric into 4 strips of 48" x 3.25". The length depends on your cardi length (you want approx. 2x the length) and width depends on your preferences.

    Sew a running stitch (this is a loose stitch setting on your machine) down the middle. Then pull one of the threads to start the ruffling / bunching. Be careful to pull gently, you don't want the thread to break. Also make sure that post-ruffling, the length is still long enough to run down your cardi.

  • How to make a cardigan. Loft Inspired Ruffle Front Cardigan Diy Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    You could probably do one ruffle per side but I'm ruffle crazy so I folded the 3rd and 4th ruffles in half to peek out from the full-sized ruffles.

  • How to make a cardigan. Loft Inspired Ruffle Front Cardigan Diy Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pin your ruffles in place. Make sure the top and bottom ends are looped to the inside of the cardi so the edges can't be seen from the front.

    Sew the top and bottom down with matching thread.

  • How to make a cardigan. Loft Inspired Ruffle Front Cardigan Diy Tutorial - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add intermittent stitches down the ruffles (my stitches are where the dimples are) to secure.

  • How to make a cardigan. Loft Inspired Ruffle Front Cardigan Diy Tutorial - Step 6
    Step 6

    And voila, you're finished!

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pittysoares
pittysoares · 6 projects
Such a nice design! Love it C:
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jennygoesmeow.
jennygoesmeow. · Rochdale, England, GB · 4 projects
exactly what ive been looking for<3 thank you x
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Sew Petite Gal
Sew Petite Gal · 14 projects
Thanks Mitzi and Kimberly! Happy
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Kimberly M.
Kimberly M. · Mission Viejo, California, US · 1 project
This is a wonderful idea!!! I can't wait to do it myself!
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Kimberly M.
Kimberly M. · Mission Viejo, California, US · 1 project
This is a wonderful idea!!! I can't wait to do it myself!
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♥ mitzi ♥
♥ mitzi ♥ · 5 projects
so lovely Happy
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Tera(: · San Diego, California, US · 5 projects
hello add me & check out my projects !! Happy
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hello add me & check out my projects !! Happy
hello add me & check out my projects !! Happy
hello add me & check out my projects !! Happy
hello add me & check out my projects !! Happy
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Sew Petite Gal
Sew Petite Gal · 14 projects
Doris, Peanut, Rachel, and Alf - Thanks so much! I'm so glad that this tut makes you want to sew one! Would love to hear how they turn out Happy
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Alf
Alf · Puerto Rico, Misiones Province, AR · 17 projects
Wowwwwwww am making this thanks for the great tut.
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Rachel L.
Rachel L. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 14 projects
im so doing this tonight, i got 3 really thin and soft pull overs handed down from my mum that ive been wanting to cut down the front into cardis and now theyre gona look awesome.
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