Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ruffles Has Ridges! Let's Make a Tuxedo Shirt.


Mori in her DIY Tuxedo shirt

I made this tutorial a while back for another blog and thought I'd share it on my platform. I don't know about you but sometimes I like to mix it up a little. I like it when you put something fancy with something casual. You know like sequins and converse or in this case a tuxedo shirt and jeans. I decided to update a regular button down shirt and create my take on a tuxedo shirt. Let's do this!

I purchased a basic white men’s button up shirt for this project. You could also re-fashion shirts you already own or you may be able to find a few shirts at your local thrift store. We are going to make a tuxedo front for this white shirt.


  • 2 yards of Fashion fabric for the tuxedo front panel & ruffles
  • Coordinating thread
  • Cardstock/craft paper for the pattern
Step 1: Making the pattern for the tuxedo panels. Your measurements will be based of your shirt you are using for this project. I put my card stock on the front of the shirt to figure out the correct size and shape. I traced the shape of my shirt and then cut out the pattern piece.

Step 2: Cutting out the Panels. Place the pattern piece on the fold and cut out two panels. Make sure you either add the seam allowance n your pattern or when you cut the pattern. I added a ½ inch seam allowance when I cut out my fabric. (Make sure you flip your pattern over to the other side to cut out the second panel)

Step 3: Cutting out the ruffles. Cut out 6 strips (2” X 45”) from your fashion fabric for the ruffles.

Step 4: Sewing the tuxedo panels.  With the right side together sew all the way around the panel leaving the neck open, so that you can turn the panel to the right side. You may need to clip your edges if rounded. Turn, fold in the open neck and press each panel. 

Step 5: Top-stitching the panels. Add top-stitching all the way around the panel ¼” from the edge and press.

Step 6: Making the ruffles. I used a gathering foot to make the ruffles for this project. You are going to add your gathering stitch about ¼” from the long edge of you ruffle strips. If you do not have a gathering foot you will apply your gathering stitches using your own method for adding gathers.

*I used the raw edges in my project because I wanted a worn casual fringe look to my tuxedo shirt. If you want clean edges you can hem your ruffle pieces.

Step 7: Adding the ruffles to the panel. I started my first row of ruffles ½ inch away for the edge. Pin the ruffle down the panel and stitch to the panel, cutting off excess ruffle. I placed my second ruffle 1” away from the first row and stitched and then I did the same for the final ruffle. Repeat these steps for the second panel.

Step 8: Adding the completed ruffle panels to the shirt. Just place the panels right beside the button plackets on the shirt, pin, stitch and you are done!

Thanks for stopping by!!



  1. Very nice. I just bookmarked this to save in my "Projects" file. Like I need more projects, but this one has potential!
    Theresa in Tucson

    1. Thanks Theresa, it's an easy way to make that "WOW" factor shirt. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You did a remarkable job. Great inspiration piece. I like learning from other sewists. Keep it coming.

  3. This is so cool! Can't wait to share it with my step-kid, who has a growing interest in sewing. I love working with thrifted items and the kid is learning to see the potentials :) I followed the link from the Closet Core Maker Journal email - thank you for sharing <3

  4. This is look is on fire!!! would look super cute cropped and without sleeves too

  5. That was super cute and so easy. I really enjoy your getting ideas from some one so young. And I live it with the long sleeves.

    1. Hahaha, I'm not so young the model is but not the Mama! But I think this works for all ages. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Awesome!! I just love the Romantic Ruffles since it came out in the 80-90ss. I kept 2 of the shirt when the style "Valley Girl" went away. 1 was gorgeous floral pattern but when rayon came but and had to be dry cleaned, but washed it since and its fine. Only thing I hate its a straight cut and we don't tuck in our shirt plus aging and wider waste, so I thought running a elastic around waste would help since in the waste to help it adjust to my gaining/losing waistline.

    Then also I have bought some gorgeous pastel plaid ralph Lauren buttin up tops that my boyfriend thought was too girly for him, thinking its more a young guy or a gay guy plaid, I figured there has to be some way to revile them plus keeping the ralph Lauren polo horse keep up the rich prepping brand I love but no longer sells the same patterns I love. So I round & will definitely make this top u made w white cuz its why I looked at it cuz I'm needing a ruffle top again for the Halloween OCTOBERFEST Girl Dress that i prefer a real ruffle shirt in & be able to swap out short or long sleeve for the Winery Octoberfests, pending weather. Only ones I found are expensive online, when I just need ruffles like u did this. But then I want to take this shirt style u made and a plaid shirt make ruffles even if I have to add 2 matching solids to the 2 outer ruffles and middle of the plsid if I have to shorten the length? Also then I wish u could make a off the shoulder and a sleeveless while a halter top w the ruffles like u did across. Or by taking a solid main shirt and adding plaid ruffles be so adorable esp w blue in in so could wear a cute crop jeans and some wedges shoes.

    So hope I gave u few ideas to try out & whats a link i could follow to see how ur talent can help me create my vision for I can learn to make my ideas. Havnt had sewing since highschool class, except I can repair w a needle & thread.


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