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« on: July 23, 2011 09:24:33 AM »


I had 4 yards of the beautiful Alexander Henry red bandana fabric. I decided to make this New Look dress http://www.simplicity.com/p-2349-misses-dresses.aspx and after cutting the fabric, I realize I had enough left to make a simple shirred dress Smiley So here are my beautiful

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011 10:40:30 AM »

Awesome fabric. I was eyeing it myself at my local Joann's somewhat recently, for a dress similar to view D.

In the shirred dress, how did you finish the top edge? It looks like maybe a narrow overlock stitch in black thread - am I guessing that correctly?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011 11:06:52 AM »

nope it's a simple folded edge, next time I'll do it on my serger
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011 07:51:38 PM »

i love it! i bought some of this fabirc as well.. only enough for a skirt though  Sad now i am jealous  Tongue

how do you do the shirring?

« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011 04:47:34 AM »

with elastic tread in the bobin Wink Just like in this ThreadBanger video http://youtu.be/jsSZTHyCLyU except that by using 2 times my bust measurements like suggested my dress was way too big for me. I had to cut some of it and ended up with 1.5 time my bust measurements.
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011 07:49:36 AM »

I just recently saw that tutorial and it is the bomb. Another question (will we ever stop?!) - did you cut it smaller after you shirred it? Did you have any trouble with the shirring coming undone when you did, or did it hold up well?
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2011 08:07:21 AM »


I have both that pattern and fabric (in the past), but I never thought of combining the two.  It looks very summery in a punk (?) sort of way.

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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2011 03:54:27 PM »

Well Renato, I didn't thought of it first and then it started to unravel a bit so I quickly stop stretching it and sew two row of straight stitch across the shirring (top to bottom) which worked really well except for one that I hand stitch on the fabric (it should stay on!) It was my first time shirring and I loved it even though it took really longer than I thought  because I had to make a new bobbin at every rows  Roll Eyes next time I will make a couple at the time, since I bought new bobbins Wink

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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2011 04:07:52 PM »

Punkish/rockabillish was my idea when I started. I have a hard time finding that kind of clothes around here and buying them online can be really costly sometime and you're never sure of the fit   Undecided So I decided to start sewing again  Cheesy I even bought a serger (the really cheap basic Brother one but man I love it and it's the best 200$ I ever spent) last year while I was visiting in the USA. So I spend a lot of time looking for fabric on Etsy beacause our fabric store lack in really cool fabric  Wink My next project is to copy that dress that I bought 2 years ago http://heartbreakerfashion.com/dresses/sweetie-dress/sweetie-dress-classic-cherry.html  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2011 05:01:55 PM »

Those are awesome!!  Good work!

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