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« on: January 11, 2009 09:04:19 AM »

I am new at sewing and want to make a certain type of summer dress but i have no idea what the fabric i need is called so hope fully my description will make it clear for some one and then i can finally find The correct stuff. I'm trying to make a strapless dress with the elastic / stretchy top and flowy cotton bottom but the fabric has the elastic/stretchy part already on it . hope that makes sense if u know what i mean thanks allot also anywhere on-line that sells it?Huh
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2009 12:54:07 PM »

spandex?
Lycra?
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2009 01:14:29 PM »

Is this what you are talking about?:


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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009 07:26:29 PM »

It sounds like it to me hngoodlett. It's probably just cotton fabric but the top has been shirred. Shirring is when you use elastic thread in your bobbin to make gathers, this has already been done for you on the fabric though.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009 08:51:42 PM »

yes the fabic on the little girl So cute  btw.. i am having no luck finding it
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009 12:55:09 PM »

I've really only seen it at fabric stores during the summer since it's a seasonal fabric. Kind of like how you can never find corduroy or wool during the warm weather?

You can make your own shirred fabric if you have a sewing machine. You just need regular cotton, matching thread, and elastic thread (usually with the regular thread). Unwind the elastic thread from its spool and wrap it around your bobbon, using just a little bit of pressure to keep it taut. You don't want to pull too tight or leave it too loose, you might have to experiment a bit. Thread your machine on top with your regular thread, this is what you'll see on the right side of the fabric. You will probably have to test on scraps to get the right tension on your machine, but you should be able to just sew it like normal and you'll see the gathers forming right before your eyes! Do several rows spaced evenly apart to get the shirred look of the storebought fabric. I think 10 or so is good for an adult sized dress or top.

I made a dress like this for my niece last summer (she was a year and a half) and I used 5 rows of shirring. Next summer it can be a top for her!
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009 05:36:49 PM »

Yes, it comes pre-shirred, but it is a seasonal item.  I've seen it at my local Jo-Ann, but only in the summer months.  They keep it with seasonal fabrics, appropriately enough!   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009 08:58:09 PM »

Last weekend at Hobby Lobby I saw some, about four or five shelves of it. I've never seen so much, especially in January in Michigan.
I also noticed there was some left at Michaels. :/
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2009 02:44:00 AM »

They have tons of this fabric on our $1.50/yd table at walmart  Cheesy
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