The Janis Boho top from Wardrobe by Me is a beautiful pattern with lots of options. Ruffles can be added to the sleeve or hem, and the top can be made in knit or woven fabric. For my first Janis, I used knit fabric with lace ruffles.
I used the above the elbow sleeve length and then attached a lace ruffle.
For a fun detail, I cut around the bottom of the lace flowers.
For the bottom ruffle, I wanted it to be half fabric and half lace. To do this I sewed the fabric to the lace and then cut out my ruffle piece.
Next, I wanted to try the Janis in a woven fabric. I decided to go a size down, since my knit top was a little big on me and I wanted a more fitted look for this top. My inspiration came from this Instagram picture. I used the elbow length sleeve again, however this time I wanted to have layered ruffles. Many years ago, I purchased two yards of this pretty eyelet trim at M&J trimmings in New York City. I had been saving the eyelet trim for the right project, and I knew it would work to try and recreate the top from my inspiration picture. Here is how I made my sleeves.
After cutting out my sleeves, I serged a piece of the eyelet trim to the bottom edge. If your trim has a right side, you will want to place the trim and sleeve right sides together when sewing them together.
Next, I ironed the seam so the trim was now going down.
I placed the second layer of trim on top of the sleeve, so that I could decide how high up to put the next layer. I didn’t get a picture of this, but next I serged the edge of the ruffle before attaching it to the sleeve. Serging helps to prevent fraying and can be used to gather the ruffle. For the second and third layers, I cut them longer than the width of the sleeve. Then I gathered them by pulling on the looper threads from the serged edge. I continued gathering until they were the same width as the sleeve.
Using some tailors chalk, I marked a line across the sleeve at the distance I decided on in the last step. Sew the trim to the sleeve and iron it down. Repeat these steps for the next layer.
I used two yard of trim for my ruffles. My ruffles are not as full as the inspiration picture, so if you would like your ruffles to be full, plan on using more than two yards of trim.
This beautiful pattern worked great in both a knit and woven fabric.
Modifications: For my knit version I sewed some lace to the knit fabric in order to make a layer that was half fabric/half lace. I modified the sleeves on my woven version to have layered ruffles.
Recommendations: Consider sizing down if you are using a knit fabric with a lot of stretch.
Fabric: The maroon fabric is double brushed poly from Knitpop. The lace and white cotton have been in my fabric stash for years. The eyelet trim is from M&J Trimmings.
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