Pattern Hack – Add a ruffle front to the Tadah Troop shirt!!

Let me start by saying that I’m a big fan of the Tadah Troop Shirt.  Its the perfect pattern to make gorgeous Campdraft and Rodeo shirts for kids.

What’s so good about it? Well, not all PDF patterns are created equally, but this one is a winner.

  • Sizes 0000 – 16!! (3 separate patterns, Baby, Kids and Teen)
  • Uncluttered pattern pieces that join where they are meant to
  • Clear and easy to follow instructions
  • Size/measurement chart
  • A0 print file for large format printing (I use Officeworks)
  • Unisex

It works beautifully for both genders, but sometimes it’s nice to add a ruffle front, for extra WOW! factor. Here’s how…
(This works for the romper version too)


Cut your pattern pieces in the appropriate size. Take your front shirt piece and fold the straight edge under 2 5/8″.


Edge folded to the back of the pattern piece by 2 5/8″

Cut your front mirrored pattern piece, then measure the length of the straight edge. Cut 2 pieces of fabric the length of the front pattern piece x 2¾” wide (eg. for size 4 my placket pieces measured 16¼”x 2¾”). These will be your front plackets.
You will also need two 1″ wide strips of interfacing the length of your placket.
For the ruffles, cut two pieces 3″ x WOF (width of fabric).
You may need to cut more fabric lengths and join them to create ruffles in larger sizes.

Fold the fabric placket in half and press. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the placket so that there is a 3/8″ between the edge of the fabric and the interfacing. Press the fabric towards the interfacing. Sew the right side of the placket to the wrong side of your shirt front using a 3/8″ seam allowance.


Shirt front and placket.

Sew the ruffle to the same seam, I tend to use a 1/4″ seam allowance for this part. You can either sew the ruffle all the way down the front or you can curve the edge of your ruffle towards the seam at the bottom to reduce bulk in the hem.


Attach the ruffle


Ruffle attached


Curve the bottom edge of the ruffle to reduce bulk while hemming.

Press the seam towards the placket then fold the placket to the front of the shirt and pin in place (the placket should be 1″ wide). Top stitch using a 1/8″ seam down both sides of the placket (do the open edge first).


Sew the placket over the ruffle


Edgestitch with a 1/8″ seam

Finish the shirt as instructed 🙂

If you try this, let me know how it goes for you!!


RUFFLES!! Thanks ruffle foot 😉


Size 4 Troop shirt, the hem was very bulky with the ruffle! Next time I’ll curve the ruffle near the bottom as seen on the romper below


Troop Romper

PS. If you’re in Australia and don’t feel like making your own, feel free to contact me via my Curtiepie Facebook page to order one 😉

2 thoughts on “Pattern Hack – Add a ruffle front to the Tadah Troop shirt!!

  1. This is great! Thank you so much 🙂 The only thing I found was the ruffle was really wide for a sz1 romper so I cut it down a bit. Looking at your romper though, it doesn’t look too wide at all, it looks perfect and actually smaller than mine in width. Did you do anything special when creating the ruffle? Thanks again, this is a super clever hack 🙂


    • ooh, now you’re making me think! Did you fold your ruffle piece in half? The ruffle should be about an inch or so wide when completed…

      I’m glad you like it though!


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