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Topic: Adorable Retro Shirred Top for my Curly Girl  (Read 2026 times)
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« on: June 26, 2007 06:04:08 AM »

Been sewing off and on for my big bunch of 8 kids, but the only sewing instruction I ever had was in Home Ec way back in the 70's.  So, here's my first post to this FABULOUS Craftster's forum.

All the tut's on shirring inspired me, so I gave it a whirl; and here's the result.  It's a retro fabric shirred top for my curly-headed 4 yr. old.  The straps are just pinned in 'cuz she was sleeping as I finished and wanted to wait to decide about the straps.

Anyway, just wanted to show y'all my first try at shirring.  Thanks for all the inspiration here.  Love it! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2007 06:25:56 AM »

I love, love, love it!  Great job and welcome to Craftster.  The fabric that you used it completely awesome as well.  That shirred top is pretty amazing.  Hope that she likes it.

« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2007 07:21:08 AM »

I've been wanting to try my hand at shirring.  The outfit is super cute- was it hard to do?  How did you wind the bobbin- by hand?

I think my daughter has 5+ dresses with shirring on the top  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2007 08:30:24 AM »

jasar31629- you do wind the bobbin by hand. I have only done one row so far and it seemed easy.

« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2007 10:19:31 AM »

That is so cute love that fabric very colorful Great job on the shirring:)

~~~Lesa AKA Lesalicious~~~

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2007 05:39:48 PM »

I've been wanting to try my hand at shirring.  The outfit is super cute- was it hard to do?  How did you wind the bobbin- by hand?

I think my daughter has 5+ dresses with shirring on the top  Smiley

I've always hated doing gathered parts of dresses and such, so I thought I would NOT like shirring.  Boy, was I surprised!  It's basically just sewing straight lines with a different kind of thread (elastic).  The toughest part (it's really not tough at all, but you need to be sure to do it) is to pull the fabric out flat when you're sewing subsequent rows.

For winding the bobbin, I just threaded up through the little hole in the top and held it there until I got a couple spins around the bobbin on.  I didn't pull very tightly, just a little tension as I wound.  I was surprised that it didn't create any problems at all and didn't break once while sewing.

Thanks for all your encouraging comments.  I appreciate it, and I'm off to sew more shirred outfits!  My dh told me I was talented, but I told him that what I've learned after 44 years is that it's just a matter of getting the right person to show you how to do something - not "talent" for me.  Thanks again. ~Tracie
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2007 07:14:49 PM »

Gorgeous!!! Great job!

Crafty Mama of 4

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