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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Shirred-top baby dresses with tutorial on: January 06, 2012 05:39:27 AM
I found that once I made sure the bobbin thread was in threaded in the right place, the rest went swimmingly Cheesy

I think the trick is to adjust your bobbin tension, make your thread length a bit longer and stitch a row. If you can see the elastic is nice and straight with no nasty jumbles, just keep on sewing and it will gather easily. And when you wind your bobbin with the elastic don't stretch the elastic.

Give it a go!
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mountain Retreat - Digital Image on: January 02, 2012 05:38:06 AM
That looks great!

Have you tried making it look like a paper cut in Photoshop of Illustrator? Best of both worlds Cheesy
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: First proper drawing in quite sometime - Guitar drawing on: January 02, 2012 05:36:55 AM
It looks lovely! It's a great study in perspective and contrast. Apart from the mentioned placement (I often do the same thing and I draw for a living Cheesy) I think you've done wonderfully.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Going Home Outfits for my Babies on: January 01, 2012 11:10:27 PM
Oh how adorable!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Girly Dino Dress on: January 01, 2012 11:08:07 PM
Lovely! My son loves dinosaurs and has managed to convert many of his female friends too Cheesy
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Shirred-top baby dresses with tutorial on: January 01, 2012 11:04:57 PM
Miss Jols, it really is easy! I was thinking for my first row or two 'crap, this isn't going to gather' but then viola! it started gathering. And the spray with water trick totally works, you can see the little gathers tightening up, it's so cool Cheesy
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Paddling swan, acrylic and pen on board on: January 01, 2012 11:02:34 PM
Thanks jcorn! Cheesy
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Baby sun dresses - plus NEW LINK to the free pattern :) on: January 01, 2012 04:46:43 AM
Thanks so much for the pattern! I jumped on and started following your blog too ;P
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Crow on: January 01, 2012 04:29:20 AM
I love him! He can visit any time he likes Cheesy
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Shirred-top baby dresses with tutorial on: January 01, 2012 04:01:35 AM
I wanted something special and handmade for my daughter's first Christmas so I drafted up a simple dress pattern. As complicated as they look they are really quite quick and shirring is totally addictive!

This is the tutorial for the shirring and it worked a treat. My only issue (that was ongoing for about an hour before I face-palmed at my oversight) was that the elastic in the bobbin was not feeding correctly, the elastic was pulled out of its little niche in the bobbin holder and this caused the elastic thread to bunch up on the underside of the fabric. Once I kept an eye on the bobbin, ensuring the thread was in place the shirring went like a breeze.

I kept my thread length at about 2 and had my bobbin tension around 2.5 on my Janome MyExcel machine. It took very little practise to find the thread length and bobbin tension that worked best.

I made 7 dresses in total and an extra top for Christmas day. The top is a little different and a bit fancier but once you have made the basic dresses, you will see how the top was made. The first dress was a bit long, my daughter is only nine months and not walking yet so I didn't want something that would catch her legs. My first attempt was also too slim. It fit fine in the chest but it was not roomy enough to accommodate a nappy bum!

This is my favourite fabric

All the fabrics I used

Here is the tutorial, it is also available via the Hand Made-n's blog if you have trouble viewing it on page.

I used clearance quilting fabrics for these. They are all 100% cotton and beautiful, vibrant prints; a far cry from the boring pastel pink numbers in store!

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