A few things first:
-Read before starting. I did this really quick in a tired state, so please let me know if I goofed up, need to explain more, etc.
-Using a needle for stretch knits will make this project a lot easier to accomplish. Always back stitch at beginning and end of sewing, unless otherwise stated.
-Stretchy knit material (IE jersey, etc) is very forgiving. So if you goof up a bit, you might not be even to tell!
-I didn't finish the edges of mine, but you can.
-All seam allowances are 1/4", unless otherwise stated
Here we go.....
Basics of what you will need:
-Stretchy material (preferably one that doesn't fray; it makes it easier)
-Elastic (needs to be at least 1/4 inch which is what I used)
The main shirt is made of four pieces. Then there are two pieces for the ruffle and a piece for the belt. See below diagram of pieces to cut and see next diagram for explanation of where to obtain certain measurements needed to plug in formulas.
2. Take the long front top piece. Make pleats and pin them in place until it is the same size as the back top piece. I just did random ones all over. Then sew across the very top to hold them in place. It would be helpful to pin and sew the bottom as well (I didn't and I wish I had).
3. Place the top two pieces on top of each other, right sides facing, and pin together. Sew the sides together and finish the edges.
What it looks like once turned right side out
4. Take the bottom 2 pieces and pin together. Sew the sides together and finish edges.
After turned inside out
5. Baste the top of the new whole bottom piece you just sewed together, leaving a long tail at beginning and end. DO NOT BACK STITCH THE BASTE!!!!!! Pull the bottom thread to ruffle the top until it is equal to the width of the top piece.
6. Pin the top piece to the bottom piece. You want it so the right sides are facing, but the top of the top piece will be pointing down (but, if you sewed the top and bottom of the top piece, it won't matter because the top bottom and top part are the same). Sew together.
Right side out after sewed together
7. Take the piece of elastic that equals the width of below your bust and pin one end to a side seam of where the top and bottom pieces are sewed together. Then, pin the middle of the elastic to the other side seam.
8. At the top of the shirt, fold the top fabric 1" down towards the inside. Pin in place. You are going to make a casing for the next piece of elastic. A half inch down, sew almost all the way around. Leave about a 2 inch opening to be able to thread elastic through. I usually leave the opening on the side. DO NOT put elastic in yet. I did that first, but found it harder to sew on the front ruffle, so continue on....
9.Take the two ruffle pieces. Pin the smaller piece onto the middle of the bigger piece. DO NOT BACK STITCH- Sew them together, leaving long ends at the beginning and end.
Pin it across the front piece, making sure that the middle of the ruffle is lined up to the part where you sewed the casing. Sew the ruffle on. It's okay if you sew onto the casing, as long as there is room to pull the elastic through.
10. Now thread in the elastic. I usually put a safety pin on the end to do this, but none were to be found in my parent's house, so I used a paper clip.
It works, just make sure the pointy ends are facing the opposite of how you are pulling it. Connect the ends of elastic once it's all through, and sew together. Then sew the casing shut.
11. Cut a piece for the belt. You can use whatever material you like here. I always used whatever was left of my fabric.
12. Put it on, tie your belt, and off you go!