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« on: July 17, 2009 11:19:28 AM »


Pattern: BWOF 07-2009-118 Dress

Pattern Description:A shirred bust section, a wide hem flounce, a halter-neck strap plaited from cotton tape – this dress of lovely printed batiste is irresistable and you will be too when you wear it!

Pattern Sizing:
Burda sizes 34-42.  Increased to a 46 and again in hips to a 50.

Fabric Used: Lightweight cotton and silk from Downtown LA

Notions Used: 1/2″ Bias Tape

Pattern Alterations: Increased to a 46 and again in hips to a 50. Eliminated the bottom hem flounce.  Added 7 more rows of shirring from 9 to 16.  Used elastic thread instead of zigzagging over elastic.

The Good:


Easy to make.  I had never done shirring before with elastic in the bobbin but it was quite easy.  I even wound my bobbin using the machine…shhhh don’t tell.  Actually the key was to skip the tensioning disc and instead go from the spool, through the first step as if to thread the machine and then to the bobbin.  This will give just the slightest tension and the machine will do the rest.  This is hard to explain but I will show a picture if anyone needs it.   The hardest part was braiding the straps, which was not that hard,  but did make my OCD flare up.  I have not braided in years, even then I only braided hair, and now we know just one more reason why I wear my hair o’ natural…LOL!

The Bad:

Not having a size A bra cup required the addition of shirring lines.  The pattern only called for 9 lines but that barely made it to the middle of my bust.  In the end I ended up with 16 lines of shirring but could have probably gotten away with 12-14 lines.  Either way, make sure to compare the front AND back lengths of the shirring to make sure it fits your bust.  Mine was a little too long in the back with the shirring that is why I say 12-14 would have been optimal.

If you want more pictures and details, check out my blog at Peacock Chic:
http://peacockchic.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/peacock-collection-09-bwof-07-2009-118
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2009 11:28:43 AM »

Holy cow that is lovely!! I have always wanted to learn to smock (is that just what us Southern people call it?) but it just looks beyond my skill set. I love the fabric, you look dynamite in it!!  Smiley  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2009 12:57:10 PM »

TOooooo cute!  I wish I could sew like this.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2009 01:42:41 PM »

This is awesome. I love the print ! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2009 01:51:21 PM »

this is really cute! great job! i love the colors and it looks wonderful on. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2009 10:51:17 PM »

Thanks everyone!! shirring is super easy so if you are inclined I would go for it!
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009 09:42:29 AM »

great job mozilla!

I am sitting here winding the elastic thread around the bobbing, i have found some material that i am not to keen on, to try and make a shirred dress.

Whne i have perfected it i will try it on material i love Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009 02:53:19 PM »

This looks adorable on you and I agree that the shirring looks scarier than it actually is!  Great job!  Oh and the part about the 9 shirred lines only coming to about half-way down your bust made me laugh, cause I've seriously got those issues, too!! haha!!  maybe you've inspired me to try it for myself...so far, i've only made these dresses for little girls! Smiley
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