Well, so far I have not met my New Year’s Resolution goal of one new pattern a month. But I did at least meet the goal of having this pattern ready before Halloween!
The newest WhatTheCraft Pattern is the Ruffle Bustle Skirt! This voluminous tie-on bustle skirt is the perfect accessory for any steampunk, burlesque, or Halloween costume- complete your look with a corset and a pair of bloomers or leggings! The skirt has an open front with three lace trimmed, ruffled layers that cascade around your hips, emphasizing your feminine curves. The satin ribbon ties at the waist allow for flexible sizing.
The sample I made is Queen of Hearts inspired, now I’m thinking versions for Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter are in order! These bustle skirts would be so awesome for a group costume theme.
This is a quick way to give a plain tee or tank a little upgrade! The best part is, you don’t have to screw around with buttonholes because that part has been done for you already!
If you’re looking at me funny and wondering WTF a henley shirt is, it’s a shirt with a partial button placket down the front. Like our finished project here:
Things you’ll need for this tutorial:
sewing machine (or needle and thread, if you’re old school and mega patient like that)
a t-shirt or tank (you can make your own, if you like)
the button placket from another shirt
Gather your materials. Here I’ve got my henley and my fabric, with which I will make a basic tee.
I happened to have a a henley shirt that I cut up a while ago to make a pattern. This is why I can never throw things away… I knew it would come in handy!
If you don’t have a henley style shirt, you can use a button placket from any shirt, really. A full buttondown will work just fine for this, you just need to trim it to the length you want. I think a plaid button placket would look super cute on a plain tee!
If you’ve searched your closets high and low and don’t have a button placket handy, there’s a really great tutorial for making a henley tee here.
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