Elegant White Puff Sleeve Top Tutorial

8 Materials
2 Hours
Easy

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a DIY gathered white puff sleeve top.


This is a great way to upcycle an old bed sheet into a ruche blouse. Follow along for the sewing pattern and instructions to learn how to sew this blouse. Bonus – the pattern can be made to fit all sizes and body types!

Tools and materials:

  • White bed sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Elastic
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Taking measurements

1. Take your measurements

Measure your bust size and bodice length from just above your chest. For your final bust measurement. Multiply half your bust size by 1.5. That’s what you’ll need for the pattern.


In the image above you can see the sizes I am going to work with.

Cut a rectangle from your bed sheet to those measurements for the front of your blouse.

Cutting the front piece

2.  Cut the front piece

Fold your front blouse piece in half.


Mark the long open edge 7 centimeters (2.76 inches) from the top, and mark the top edge of the fabric 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) from the open corner.


Draw a 2-centimeter line down from that second mark, and then a diagonal line to connect the bottom of that line with the first mark you made.


That mark is for your armhole.

Cutting out armholes

Use a cutting tool to cut out the armhole.

Cutting out armholes

3. Cut the back piece

Cut another rectangle from your bed sheet the same size as you cut the front piece and fold it half. 


Lay your folded front piece on top of your folded back piece and use your front piece as a template to cut the armhole out of your back piece.

Front bodice

4. Mark ruching on the bodices

The image above indicates the positioning of the ruching on the front bodice of your blouse.


The horizontal lines in the bodice, and the 2-centimeter (0.79-inch) section at the top are where your elastic will go.

Mark the elastic lines on your fabric.

Back bodice

Repeat step 4 on the back bodice, using the measurements in the image above.

Making elastic casings

5. Make elastic casings

Double-fold and sew the top edge of the front bodice piece to the inside for the elastic casing at the top of your blouse.

Making elastic casings

Fold and pin the bodice so the upper and lower lines of the top elastic casing align.


Repeat for the bottom elastic casing.


Ensure that the casings are on the inside of the bodice piece.

Making elastic casings

Fold and pin the bodice so the upper and lower lines of the top elastic casing align.


Repeat for the bottom elastic casing.


Ensure that the casings are on the inside of the bodice piece.

Making elastic casings

Now position the bodice so the top casing is flat. Then do the same for the bottom casing.

Ironing the top hem and casings

Iron the top hem and the casings flat, pointing the casings to the top of the bodice.

Pinning the casings in place

Pin the casings in place and sew along the top and bottom of each casing.

Measuring elastic

6. Measure and cut your elastic

Follow the measurements in the image above to determine how much elastic to cut for each row of ruching.

Threading elastic

Then thread your elastic through its corresponding casing, gathering the fabric as you go.

Finishing the back bodice

7. Finish the back bodice

Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the back bodice.

Sewing side seams

8. Sew side seams

With right sides facing, pin the back and front bodice pieces together on the sides and sew the side seams from the bottom of the armhole to the hem.

Pattern for DIY puff sleeves

9. Make the sleeves

Cut two sleeve pieces according to the pattern above.


Lay one sleeve piece on top of the other and fold them both together so you have four layers.

Marking fabric

To shape the sleeves, mark 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) from the top of the long open edge. Then mark 5 centimeters in from the long open edge at the bottom.


Join those two marks with a diagonal line.

Drawing curved line

Draw in a curved line from the top of the folded edge to the top of your diagonal line.

Marking fabric

Now, mark 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) on either side of the top of the diagonal line, along your pattern line and join those two marks.

Cut-out sleeves

Cut out your sleeves along the marked lines, and unfold them.

Pattern for DIY puff sleeves

Follow the pattern above to make one elastic casing in each sleeve, the same way you did for the bodice.

Overstitched rounded sleeve edge

Overstitch the rounded edge of the sleeve, stopping above the casing.

Follow the video from 6:08 to 6:28 to cut and insert the wrist elastic and sleeve ruching elastic.

Pinning and sewing sleeve seam

With right sides facing, pin and sew the inside sleeve seam with an overstitch.

Pinning and sewing the sleeve onto the bodice

Pin and sew the sleeve onto the bodice, aligning the armholes.

Repeat for the second sleeve.

Finishing the hems

10. Finish the hems

Double-fold and sew the bottom and sleeve hems.

Completed DIY white puff sleeve top

White puff sleeve top

Here is the finished blouse. It’s comfy and beautiful and was pretty simple to make. The classic look of this ruched white blouse means you can wear it with anything! 


Give it a try and let me know how yours turned out by leaving a comment.

Suggested materials:
  • White bed sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
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