Make This Exquisite DIY Blouse With a Ruffled Shoulder

Creations by Shey
by Creations by Shey
8 Materials
3 Hours

This DIY blouse is like no other. It’s bold, it’s beautiful, it’s in your face, and it’s simply… fantastic! If you want to learn how to sew a DIY blouse that’s not the ordinary, mundane, and simple DIY blouse, then you've come to the right place! In this DIY blouse tutorial, I will show you how to make this gorgeous ruffle tulle DIY blouse without a pattern! So come on, let’s get this show on the road.

Tools and materials:

  • 1.5m (1.64 yards) fabric
  • 3m (3.28 yards) tulle
  • Top
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Pencil
Make a DIY blouse

Make the pattern

Fold your fabric in half and half again. Then, lay an existing top on your fabric; this will be used as a guide for your DIY blouse pattern. Place the top along the folded edge. 

How to make a DIY blouse

Now, cut around the top, leaving enough for seam allowance, too. You should have two of the same pieces. 

Sew a DIY blouse

Use your top as a guideline to reduce the length of your front pattern piece. 

How to sew a DIY blouse

Then extend the front neckline by 3 inches and cut accordingly. 

Lay your bodice pieces right sides together, and pin at the shoulder seams. 

Easy DIY blouse

Make the sleeves

To make the sleeves for your DIY blouse, fold your fabric in half and then half again. Then position the sleeve of the top on the folded edge.

Basic DIY blouse

Then, trace the armhole curve onto the fabric with a pencil. 

Simple DIY blouse

Measure and mark your desired sleeve length and cut it out accordingly. 

DIY blouse tutorial

Measure your wrist, make sure the measurement, and make sure it’s wide enough to fit your hand. Next, mark this measurement onto your fabric. 

Join the armhole to the wrist measurement and cut. This will give you a more fitted sleeve. 


Trim the corners of the fitted sleeve to mark the center.

Cut two 1-inch strips for the neckline. Join the strips together, so you have a long strip. 

Measure & cut the tulle

For the tulle, measure 24 inches wide by 3.28 yards in length.

Fold your tulle three times over. Each strip should measure 8 inches wide. Once this is complete, pin the middle. 

Cut down both sides of the tulle, so you have three individual layers.

Divide one layer in two; this will give you two tulle strips for each shoulder. 

Make the darts

It’s time to make the darts on the bodice. The dart should sit horizontally on either side. It should be 5 inches long and 1 inch wide. To see exactly how I do this, skip to 5:30 minutes on my DIY blouse tutorial video. 

Next, stitch the shoulders and the darts in place. 

Assemble the easy DIY blouse

Attach the sleeves to the right sides of the bodice. Align the seams, too. Once done, go ahead and stitch the sleeve in place. 

Then, hem the DIY blouse.

Pin the top right sides together and stitch the sleeve’s seams and side seams to secure. 

Place the long strip on the neckline and pin all around. Then, sew it in place. 

Next, fold the strip twice in on itself and topstitch to secure it in place. 

Hem the sleeves, as well. 

Create ruffles on the tulle

Now it’s time to add the lovely tulle strip to the DIY blouse. Take your tulle strips and sew a gathering stitch along the center. Then, go ahead and pull one side of the thread to create more gathers. 

Attach the ruffled tulle along the shoulders. Pin in place at the shoulder seam line. 


Make sure the tool is symmetrical to the front and back. 

Stitch the tulle onto the DIY blouse. Stitch along the tulle’s stitch line. Pull the top slightly while sewing. Then, repeat the process on the other side. 

If you want a more voluminous and dramatic look, separate the tulle layers, as shown. 

Here’s the final look! What do you think? I absolutely love that you can transform this basic DIY blouse into something more sophisticated just by adding some lovely layers of tulle. Thanks for joining me on this DIY blouse tutorial, and I hope you feel inspired to make a DIY blouse of your own. 

Suggested materials:
  • 1.68 yards fabric
  • 3.28 yards tulle
  • Scissors
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