So here are a few pictures of the methods in my madness..... here is the original shirt....rather boring, I would say.
So then, cut up the OTHER shirt (I will tell that tale another time...) into strips but found out pretty soon that I needed to cut them on the length of the shirt instead of across the shirt...because the fabric rolled onto itself if you cut across...
I cut 3 1/2" strips and the cat decided to sit on them....such a helper.
Then I ran a gathering stitch along the long edge. Oh, and I decided I wanted the neckline higher so I inserted a piece inside the front. I just topstitched it because it won't show.
Then I just started pinning the desired length of ruffles and sewing them down.
For the top one, I sewed it right side of ruffle to wrong side (inside) of the top so it would just flip over. I did find that I needed to make a facing to hold it in place. Also, be sure and do the edge stitching to make it flat. Pressing it will also help it stay in place.
Here is my finished custom blouse...now when I see someone else in this shirt, I will think, "yeah, it's the same shirt lady, but mine is customized!!!