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« on: August 01, 2013 05:41:10 AM »

My mum used to make dresses like this for me and my older sister back in the 70s. I've always loved them but my one previous attempt nearly killed my sewing machine so I gave it up as something too complicated for me to do  Roll Eyes
Now I know what went wrong and have put it right I can't wait to make more of these!
The problem I have with store bought shirred dresses is that they just seem to increase the width on a plus size dress not taking into account the depth of big boobs. The elastic usually hits at the centre of my bust and the dress just hangs from there,not a flattering look in my opinion, I like to show I have a waist. I sewed about thirty rows of elastic and just used the outside edge of my machine foot for spacing. I used up two spools of shirring elastic & two metres of fabric.
I can also wear the dress as a skirt as I didn't make it floor length,I just tuck the straps inside and fold the elastic part in half and it's good to go  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013 06:54:32 AM »

Love this. Looks awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013 07:46:56 AM »

Looks great! I have the same shirred boob problem. Excellently done!
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2013 07:56:00 AM »

This dress is gorgeous and looks fabulous on you!
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2013 08:05:37 AM »

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expect a few more to get added over the rest of the summer  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2013 09:23:07 AM »

Fab!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2013 09:51:23 AM »

This is lovely. I am so impressed. I have tried shirring and gave up in frustration as I just couldn't get it even. Maybe I will give it another go.  Any tips or tricks you found helped you?
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2013 10:40:54 AM »

Thanks  Smiley

The only way I could keep it even was to use the edge of my machine foot as the guideline,thats why I used so much elastic   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2013 10:53:26 PM »

Awesome! I love clothing that can be worn more than one way. Definitely a good call on shirring extra rows.
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2013 09:43:47 PM »

It looks fantastic on you! I know exactly what you mean about things hitting the middle of the boob area rather than below it. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2013 07:11:39 AM »

Great dress, and I'm another one who likes a waist-defining frock.

Did you use any tutorials or anything to guide you? I'd like to give it a go!

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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2013 09:15:08 AM »

I didn't follow any tutorials Emmy,just cut my fabric & shirred the top,added a tier to the bottom then sewed it into a tube and there we have it  Grin

I made a second one full length but not as full
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2013 01:43:58 PM »

I love shirred-top dresses. Great fabric! When I realized you can add lace trim to make it a little fancier.

Any advice on getting the cotton fabric to be smoother and NOT remaining crisp for this kind of dress?
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2013 01:58:48 PM »

I don't know tbh, the cotton I used seems pretty soft anyway after washing. I'm funny when shopping for clothing/fabric for clothing it has to feel right before I buy it so if it was stiff in the shop I would have passed by for something nicer feeling. Sorry I can't be any help  Smiley
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