+ Square loose ruffle top tutorial and the photobomber

top: self-made     pants: citizens     shoes: thrifted    watch: gift from sister-in-law (thanks erin!)
I’ve taken my square top and changed it in so many many different ways and this is just one of them! Just slap on an easy-peasy large ruffle around the natural waist. I love how flowy and fun it is, I find it very flattering and quite easy to make! I actually found this pink and white polka dot fabric from a sheet bought the thrift store. This can be great pregnancy and post pregnancy shirt, hides a lot of areas we women may not like.
This bottom photo was only one of the many Beck’s photo bombs, he has perfected his smile in front of the camera.

1 – 1.5 yards of fabric (i chose a light cotton – preferably flawy and/or light)
sewing machine
measuring tape
1. Measure from your shoulder (where the middle seam would hit) to your belly button and add an inch. Measure around the biggest part of your chest (unless your natural waist is bigger then your chest then measure that) and add a 3 to 5 inches depending on how flowy you want it and included seam allowance.  I added only a 3 extra inches and this included the seam allowance. Cut out 2 squares according to your measurements.
-then sew up the side seams and the shoulder seams leaving an open hole for the neckline and the armholes.
2. Fold in the center so the side seams are touching on the side and cut a little opening for the your head. Then slide on what you have so far and test it out. Figure out how low you want the neckline.
3. Open the top up so the side seams are touching the in the center this time and cut out a deeper neckline if you like. Do this by cutting a half U shape from the start of the shoulder seam to the middle front of the shirt. Remember not to cut out too much at first, work your way lower and lower and try it on each time you cut. You need to make sure to leave a little for hemming.
4. Hem the neckline and the sleeves.
5. Cut out a long strip of fabric that is at least 2 – 3X the size of you waist. I wanted the back a little longer so I made half of the stripe wider. Gather it so be the same width around as your shirt’s waist part.
6. Pin and sew right sides together the gathered piece to the square top. Then serge or finish the edge with a zig zag stitch (to prevent fraying).
7. LIne the side seams of the shirt and now gathered piece on bottom and cut the gathered piece into the shape you like.
8. Hem the bottom.
9. Top stitch the serged edge down by facing it up toward the neckline and running a straight stitch a little bit above where the gathered part and the shirt is joined on the main shirt part.


  1. Love it! Love it! Love it! Want it! I’ll bring you the fabric and babysit if you do the sewing, okay?! xo

  2. So sweet!

  3. haha Beck, love it. So cute!

  4. You look stunning as always and it’s really cute that Beck’s likes to get into the photos. I’m sure this blog will serve as a great way of remembering all these precious moments.


  5. I have been wanting a top like this for ages, will have to try! One question, how do you find the time to sew with a newborn? My little one is 12 weeks and I seem to always be carrying her. I am so desperate to do some sewing, I’m resorting to cutting up old clothes! Cris

  6. It’s so cute! I love the pillowcase quality it has! Very romantic :)



  7. Just as genius as always, I will definitely be making this soon! :)


  8. Im confused about the sleeves. Could you explain them so someone who does very basic sewing could do it please?? I love this top and want to make one like right now!

  9. Definitely trying this!

  10. Love the top! I can’t wait to make it!

  11. Beautiful top – I love how flowy it is too. And if you are going to have a photo bomber at least they’re cute!

  12. I love this top on you! The fabric is perfect and I love how you styled it with cool combat boots. You’re amazing!

  13. This post is fabulous! I really love the way you created this shirt! LOVE the photo bomb, too cute.
    I am a new follower & thought maybe you could give my blog a look?

    kristin noel

  14. I think it would work great for me now (newly prego but not really looking prego yet, more like I have just gained weight around my middle, boo) but I was wondering if you think it would work to raise the point

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  15. Do you mind if I ask what kind of watch you are wearing? It’s adorable!

  16. Hi Liz! I just wanted to let you know that I made this top for myself and am loving it! It is so perfect and breezy for summer. If you wanted to check mine out, feel free to drop by my blog! http://www.caughtonawhim.com/2013/05/sewn-simple-peplum-top.html

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’m looking forward to trying out more of your projects. :)

  17. Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.


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