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« on: March 09, 2011 04:02:51 PM »

All I had sewn up until a few days ago were bags, but I really want to start making my own clothes! It just so happened that when my mother-in-law went on holiday, she brought me back some gigantic scarves. In my opinion, they're too big to wear as actual scarves, but they were the perfect size to make a dress from! So I bought some shirring elastic and went to town...and here is the final result.



I'm not unhappy, by the way, just squinting into the sun. And please excuse my horrendously chubby arms!



With a cardigan, which is how I plan to wear it tonight to a concert with said mother-in-law! I hope she doesn't mind me repurposing her impractically large scarf!

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011 04:14:00 PM »

I think the dress looks great on you! Kudos to you for making your own clothes. I haven't been that brave yet...  I'm sure your mother-in-law will love what you've done with it!
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011 04:23:24 PM »

You did a really great job for a first dress.  Please don't ever apologize about your arms, or anything.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011 04:37:52 PM »

Congrats on your first dress! It looks amazing on you!
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011 04:46:07 PM »

The dress is great. I love the print on it. I'm sure your mil will be amazed at your new skills. Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011 05:55:08 PM »

I've made loads of dresses and I still don't understand shirring elastic. Looks great, love how you've put the outfit together. I'm a huge fan of cardigans and tights.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2011 06:39:29 PM »

Thanks so much for all the compliments! You've made my day Smiley

The shirring was actually really easy, there's plenty of tutorials online but they all seem to say basically the same thing - wind the elastic thread around your bobbin without pulling it tightly, and just sew in lines across your fabric. I didn't mark the lines, I just lined them up with the edge of my sewing machine foot. I backstitched a bit at each end to secure the lines, and I tied the elastic ends together, too. One thing I will say - I read that shirring your fabric reduces its width by half, but that wasn't the case for me, so it ended up being a bit big for me and I had to take it in before I could comfortably wear it.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011 07:39:09 PM »

freakin fantastic!!! great job!
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011 12:59:29 PM »

Cute! Wink
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2011 08:40:50 PM »

Wow! That is so beautiful! And you tackled shirring!! Way to go!
I'm in my 40's and have sewn all sorts of things but 2 things I can't bring myself to try 1) invisible hems and 2) shirring
I even bought the elastic and have things waiting!

You're no novice any longer!

And by the way, you are beautiful, do not criticize yourself. Build yourself up!
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