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Topic: queen of carebears! elastic smocked top for my little chica NOW WITH TUTORIAL!  (Read 10749 times)
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Ta2oodmama
« on: April 20, 2007 07:56:10 PM »

My daughter Kira loves Carebears. no, really, I mean she LOOOOOVES carebears. can't get enough of them. she has 2 identical carebears that she must have with her at all times (that I never get a chance to wash, because she might just die if I took them from her.)

so, seeing as how she loves carebears so much, I made her a shirt with them ALL over it. of course, she loves it.

Queen of Carebears. and also the TV remote at the moment.   Smiley

enjoy!



Tutorial

okay, first tutorial, and I don't have a camera, so it's in LOVELY microsoft Paint! wooohooo! yes, I know, shock and awe. shock, and awe. Onto the details!

first of all, take a measurement of your little one (or yourself!) underneath the armpits. I really just wrapped a piece of fabric around my girl, and added about 2 inches for seam allowances and 'shirring shrinkage' I cut out a single layer of fabric, then cut it in half, so now I have the front and back (the shirt was 18 inches around, by 11 inches long) so I had two halves of fabric 9 inches in width.

then, wind your bobbin BY HAND with elastic thread. (you can find elastic thread at walmart....it's labled Elastic Thread Cheesy) use regular thread in your needle. 

okay, got your fabric?(front and back?) GOOD! you're ready to start shirring! yay!

I started with the front, so set the back piece aside.







now do the same thing to the back half of your fabric.

when you have both halves shirred, put them right sides together, and sew up the sides!

turn right side out, and marvel at your beautiful creation. pat yourself on the back, and watch your little girl prance about in her new shirt!
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007 08:12:12 PM »

aww the dress is super cute! and your daughter.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2007 08:26:19 PM »

so I'm new to this sewing stuff and was wondering how you do the smocking...i would like to try it, but have no idea how it is done.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Your daughter is adorable, and so is the shirt. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2007 09:07:14 PM »

So cute!  I love that you encourage the toddler obsessions (I sorta identify with that  Wink).

I think some one needs to make a definitive smocking/shirring tutorial for the kid's board.  Not me, you know, but someone.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2007 02:09:26 AM »

So cute!  I love that you encourage the toddler obsessions (I sorta identify with that  Wink).

I think some one needs to make a definitive smocking/shirring tutorial for the kid's board.  Not me, you know, but someone.

haha, thank you Vegbee! and I may just have to make a tutorial for you. Wink

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so I'm new to this sewing stuff and was wondering how you do the smocking...i would like to try it, but have no idea how it is done.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Your daughter is adorable, and so is the shirt.

Thank you! and I'll do a step by step complete with pictures. It's super easy, but the tutorial will take me a day or two. But I'm more than happy to help! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2007 10:15:39 AM »

sooo cute! i want one!
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2007 10:49:31 AM »

I love that top.  I really need to make some of these for the summertime.  I think that I am behind on summer clothes.  Time to get busy.  I'm glad she like her top and you did a really nice job on it.

P.S.  Wish I had a camera to help with the tutorial, but unfortunately I don't right now.   Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2007 10:51:48 AM »

sooo cute! I need to make one with Mater on it for my dd. If I can ever figure out how. Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2007 10:41:56 PM »

Ok, so I've been to Spotlight and got the shirring elastic and the fabric (1.5m I hope is enough...)
And I've measured the kid so I know how wide to make it.
But do I leave 2 inches on each side for seam allowance and shirring shrinkage (4 inches) or just 2 inches in total?

Help appreciated.
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2007 06:32:54 AM »

thank you very much for the tutoiral
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2007 12:37:25 PM »

thank you very much for the tutoiral

anytime!  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2007 04:16:42 PM »

Thanks!! Grin
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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2007 02:29:18 PM »

Thank you so much for posting a tutorial!! I'm excited to try this technique out. (P.S. As a former Care Bear addict, I must say - I would have done ANYTHING to have that dress as a kid! Haha, or now really..)

Anyways, thanks for the tut Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2007 03:08:45 PM »

Thank you so much for posting a tutorial!! I'm excited to try this technique out. (P.S. As a former Care Bear addict, I must say - I would have done ANYTHING to have that dress as a kid! Haha, or now really..)

Anyways, thanks for the tut Smiley
Thanks!! Grin

you are all so VERY welcome. It was my pleasure!  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2007 11:22:41 AM »

That is BEYOND adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I may actually have to put my fear of shirring to rest..someday Grin
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2007 02:56:43 PM »

my mom tried to explain shirring to me but it all sounded so complicated and scary. thank you thank you thank you for the tut. now i wont be rushing out to buy overpriced dresses in stores.
quick question. how do you pronounce kira? k-I-ra or k-ee-ra. see my names kyra (k-I-ra) and i always meet keeras... never k-I-ras...
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« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2007 03:04:30 PM »

my mom tried to explain shirring to me but it all sounded so complicated and scary. thank you thank you thank you for the tut. now i wont be rushing out to buy overpriced dresses in stores.
quick question. how do you pronounce kira? k-I-ra or k-ee-ra. see my names kyra (k-I-ra) and i always meet keeras... never k-I-ras...

K-eye-ra Smiley yay! they do exsist!
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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2007 03:21:32 PM »

really? thats so kickass!
another k eye ra in the world. and she likes carebears. i think i probably still sing the countdown...lol

ps. i love the pirate panda. im sorta kinda envying it.
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2007 04:50:40 PM »

hahaha! I love my pirate Panda, I stole him from my best friend's MySpace Page. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2007 05:15:06 AM »

thank you sooooo much for the tute!
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« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2007 10:12:19 PM »

thanks!! i'm finally using the tutorial!!! thanks sooo much!!!!
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« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2007 08:47:48 PM »

thanks!! i'm finally using the tutorial!!! thanks sooo much!!!!

you are so very welcome! Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2007 12:25:53 PM »

What a cute little girl!  Thanks for the tute on shirring.  So the essential element here is elastic thread in bobbin and reg thread in needle. Awesome!  Thank you again!

Ritz
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« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2007 05:57:10 PM »

i have to figure out how to do that!  i'll add it to my learn to do list!
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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2008 10:23:04 AM »

Just wondering if there is a specific reason why you did two seams instead of just one seam as a tube dress/shirt?  It's a very cute idea and I plan to make some dresses like this for my dd.  Thanks for the tute! Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2008 11:54:37 AM »

Just wondering if there is a specific reason why you did two seams instead of just one seam as a tube dress/shirt?  It's a very cute idea and I plan to make some dresses like this for my dd.  Thanks for the tute! Smiley

Yes I was thinking the same. Put the seam down the back and voila. I think I will try this one and add some straps so it's more pre-school friendly on the playground. I love it, GREAT idea!
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« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2009 06:39:54 AM »

Wow, this is so easy sounding and super cute! I have never done shirring either, but you make it sound, dare I say, EASY! ;0) I think I will venture out and buy some elastic thread today and some cutie fabric for my 3yo. Fun!! Thank  you for your awesome tutorial! Smiley
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