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Topic: My first attempt at shirring, and a stenciled shirt  (Read 1026 times)
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« on: July 02, 2010 10:52:10 PM »



(the strap isnt messed up, I just was in a hurry so didnt set it up all pretty - I thumbtacked the hanger to my wall fo a pic!)


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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010 11:57:53 PM »

That little dress is so adorable! I would love to make something like that for my niece
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010 04:42:04 AM »

what an gorgeous dress! it looks lovely Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010 07:04:46 AM »

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress. and the fabric.  great for the holiday ...
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010 07:42:20 AM »

This is so cute. Great job.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010 08:07:27 AM »

Very cute!  I'm going to have to try shirring at some point. I have the elastic thread and all - just haven't gotten up the nerve to try it!

Love the shirt, too - cute stencil!
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010 08:13:20 AM »

love the little dress!
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2010 11:37:21 AM »

They're both very nice.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2010 09:34:09 PM »

If you havent tried it yet, just go for it!  it is NOT hard at all, and looks way more scary than it is!   I have had this elastic thread in my stash forever now and finally used it!  I ended up making a shirt for myself with the rest of the fabric (I only had a yard, it made the dress and my shirt!)  The shirt is shirred almost all the way down with just a little ruffly bit at the bottom. 

1. cut fabric as long as you want it, plus enough to hem at top and bottom, and twice as wide as the chest measurments.  Sew it into a 'tube', hem top and bottom.
2. wind a few bobbins with elastic thread, pull slightly as you wind, but dont pull it tight.
3. set machine to a '5' stich length, and start sewing!  I sewed around in a 'sprial' so I only had to stop and start at the begining and when the bobbin ran out. I made rows of stiching about 1/2 way down for the dress, and for my shirt I stiched everything but the last 3" of fabric.    The first few 'rows' will look pretty loose, and the remainign rows will also look pretty loose, but when you are done you can tighten it all up...
4.  Set iron to hottest setting with steem, puff the steem over the top of the shirred part, it will shrink a lot making it look all pretty. 
5. attach straps, I sewed them on with 2 lines of stiching matching the previous stich lines so it wouldnt show. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010 05:31:37 PM »

I love them both.  So precious!!!
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