DIY Ruffle wrap skirt and top

I have to admit, I have been completely inspired this summer to sew sew sew.  In addition to my 3ft tall bundle of inspiration I am completely inspired by everything Rag & Bone.  As I’m browsing and adding fabric to my wish list It occurs to me my list is filled with a ton of their fabric.  Everything Rag & Bone I have ordered has been amazing and so on trend this season.

This light/med blue Rag & Bone was no different.  It’s a cotton shirting fabric that reminds me of a slightly thicker chambray with zero stretch.  It has a slight sheen which makes it look more luxe and irons and sews well.  FYI the fabric is lighter and much nicer than it appears on  Check out all the Rag & Bone goodies here


This skirt was made using  McCalls M6024 dress pattern with the following alterations:

-Used the skirt only pattern pieces

-Removed 4″ from the length

-Added a 1″ waistband

-Added two wrap ties to the skirt waist band

-Added 1″ to the width of the ruffles

FYI don’t adjust the length of the ruffles due to shortening the skirt, keeping the length gives you a more exaggerated ruffle.

-Attach the ruffle by pleating it to the skirt


The top was made using vintage McCalls 9458 view C with the following alterations:

-Removed 4″ from the length

-Removed 2″ from the length of the sleeves

-Added a 28″x6″ pleated bottom sleeve

-Added a 1″ band to the bottom of the sleeves


Chandler’s top was made using vintage Simplicity 9562 dress pattern with the following alterations:

-Removed 9 1/2″ from the length of the skirt

-Removed 2″ from the length of the bodice

-Removed 1″ off the length of the sleeves

-Added a 26″x3″ ruffle band

ruffle wrap skirt and bell top


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Top-DIY Skirt-DIY- Heels- Dolce & Gabanna- Shades- Karen Walker




  1. July 27, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I love love love Rag and Bone’s Fabric and Theory as well excellent choices! The skirt is trey cute! Fabric in my shopping cart LOL

  2. Karen
    July 27, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    I love this! I would love to see your process when you are altering patterns. Please do a short video!

  3. Sharon Killian
    July 27, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Love these outfits! Your daughter is so precious! Would you mind sharing how you did the pleated bottom on the sleeve? Thank you!

  4. Carol Schaffer
    July 28, 2016 / 1:54 am

    I agree with Karen about seeing your process when altering patters or maybe do a post on this. I love the vintage patterns you use but have been hesitant to purchase them if they were not in my size.

  5. Meagan
    August 3, 2016 / 12:34 am

    These outfits are absolutely striking on you and your daughter! Thank you for sharing! Came across your blog after reading the NYT article on McCall’s and am so happy I did!

    • Nikki
      August 3, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Hi Meagan thank you so much and thank you for stopping by.

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