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The Ruffled Neckline

The Ruffled Neckline
February 6, 2017 The Tunic Bible

The ruffled neckline was the last neckline variation we added to The Tunic Bible and are we ever glad we did! Since publishing The Tunic Bible this neckline is popping up e v e r y w h e r e !  !  !

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We discovered the ruffled neckline tunic through Devon Baer designs. This year Gretchen Scott and other designers are featuring fabulous ruffle neck tunic collections!

Below is our latest inspired by a Sara Campbell top from her 2016 Holiday Collection.


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The ruffled neckline tunic works well with several fabrics which we have sewn in various silks, cotton, brocade and polyester/elastane knits.

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This neckline can appear to be intimidating to sew, but that’s not the case! Let’s take the mystery out of sewing the ruffled neckline……….

Our ruffle to neckline ratio is 2:1 and our finished ruffle width is 2 inches. However, both the gathered ratio and the ruffle width can be adjusted to suit your taste!

Before cutting your ruffle:

  1. Mark and cut the neckline.
  2. Stitch 1/4″ from the neckline edge
  3. Clip to inside corners. (see below)

This opening will determine the width of your finished ruffle. If you desire a wider ruffle simply adjust the neckline to accommodate the new size.

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4. Pin Bodice Front and Bodice Back together at shoulders, starting at the outside shoulder edge. Stitch. Inside edges will not meet due to trimmed front neckline. Trim away excess from Bodice Back at shoulders so that edges are even and back neckline is gently curved. Use French curve ruler if necessary. This tool is helpful when drawing soft curves between 2 points.

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Your fabric width for the ruffle will be twice the width of the finished ruffled plus 1″. It should equal the measurement of the clipped keyhole opening .

6.  Fold ruffle in half lengthwise; press and baste raw edges. Gather ruffle to length of neckline plus 1 ̋ (2.5 cm).

7.  Pin ruffle to neckline extending each end 1/2″ (1.3 cm)  below the lower edges of neckline. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam.

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8.  At lower neckline edge, overlap right ruffle over left and stitch ruffle and lower neckline edges together with a 1/2″(1.3 cm) seam.

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9.  Finish the seam allowances with a serger or by trimming and binding the seam allowance with bias tape.

10.  Press the neckline seams to the inside and topstitch. This step will help the ruffles turn inward.

Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 1.21.48 PMThe lower edges of the ruffle should meet before gently opening to frame the neckline.

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This method gives you the flexibility needed to create a ruffle that’s just your style! Our full tutorial in The Tunic Bible will carefully guide you to a ruffled neckline admired by all!

Hooray for Ruffles!!

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  1. Suzanne Landau 6 years ago

    Wow, yours is so much nicer. The black fabric you used (I assume it’s silk) is lovely. Much nicer than that shiny cheaply looking cream RTW top. I am going to make this tunic in a long dress version for my sister in laws wedding in a month.

    • Author
      The Tunic Bible 6 years ago

      Thank you for the nice comment, Suzanne. Actually both tunics are made from the same fabric! I’m always amazed at the effects of different lighting…. Send us a photo of your tunic and good luck!!

  2. Bernadette 6 years ago

    I cant wait to try this, All of them are beautiful!

    • Author
      The Tunic Bible 6 years ago

      Thank you, Bernadette!

  3. Carol Gwynette 6 years ago

    I love the new ruffle neckline, very pretty. Love the book too.

    I do wish, however, that you could design a tunic with a bit of a sleeve for us 60+ that like to have a bit of our arms covered. I live in Utah and it is too hot in summer for a long sleeve or even 3/4 sleeve.

    • Author
      The Tunic Bible 6 years ago

      We experimented with many, many sleeve designs while writing the book. Considering all of the tunic proportions we did not include a cap sleeve, but we encourage you to experiment with cap sleeves, short sleeves or any design you are seeking. Please let us know if you are successful and thank you so much for your comment!

  4. Kath Truran 6 years ago

    A lovely variation. I love to see the range of fabrics you have used to show that it can be used for everyday looks as well as special fabrics.

    • Author
      The Tunic Bible 6 years ago

      Thank you Kath! Our intention was exactly that – to demonstrate the pattern’s versatility. We have sewn with every imaginable fabric and continue to discover new looks to share!

  5. Barbara Jean 6 years ago

    I love the different necklines. The tunic is a style for every age by changing the neckline and sleeves.

    • Author
      The Tunic Bible 6 years ago

      We completely agree with you, Barbara Jean – thank you so much for your comment!!!

  6. Lisa Lacy 6 years ago

    8. At lower neckline edge, overlap right ruffle over left and stitch ruffle and lower neckline edges together with a 1/2″(1.3 cm) seam.

    Love this variation! I am struggling for some reason with this part of the instructions. Are all three – left, right, and lower neckline edge – sewn together? I am unclear on how to finish the lower neckline edge. Hope this makes sense. Any help is appreciated! I can’t thank you enough for this book and the inspiration you both are to me!

    • Author
      The Tunic Bible 6 years ago

      This may be difficult to envision so please cut a muslin. You are correct – the three are sewn together. It all comes together easier than expected! Please send us a photo of your muslin if you are stuck.

    • Antoinette Robinson 6 years ago

      I just bought the book on Amazon and will be trying the ruffle collar today with a muslin. My question/confusing appears to be similar, as others. I am not sure I have the concept of completing the lower neck edge. The clean finish on the front lower edge.
      I love all the variations and can’t wait to try them.

  7. Mary 6 years ago

    Love this! & that turquoise necklace….where can I find it???

    • Author
      The Tunic Bible 6 years ago

      Mary, Thank you! I found it at One Eleven Main, a gift store in Southern Pines, NC 🙂

  8. Kelly 6 years ago

    Just finished my neck on this tunic. Some photos would be helpful. I ended up just folding the bottom edge down, positioning the ruffles behind and doing the topstitch to hold it. Thanks for any additional help you can provide.

    • Antoinette Robinson 6 years ago

      Kelly I had the same issue. I didn’t like the way mine looked. After an afternoon fussing with the muslin, I moved to another version of the tunic. I’ll try again in a day or so.

  9. Kelly 6 years ago

    My lower edge turned out ok but I am ripping it to adjust and have the ruffle edge catch better. Gaps a bit at that cleavage position. I love this neckline. I would love a video tutorial wih a step by step on these last steps for the ruffle. I may also add a back facing to mine to keep the neck back from falling in an unflattering way. Fabric is a light woven but doesnt want to stand nicely. If I attempt again I will cut the bottom of the front opening up maybe an inch higher.

  10. elizabeth 6 years ago

    I agree with the others, please provide pictures or video tutorial of the neck! I’m struggling!

  11. Antoinette Robinson 6 years ago

    Has anyone else found a workaround. I really would like to get this blouse done before the summer.

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