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« on: June 15, 2010 03:43:46 PM »

This was originally based off of a similar dress that I made a couple months ago.  I used an XL women's button down which was a lot easier because it already had some darts and it didn't have that funky back double panel.  I applied blue bias tape, did a good deal of shirring on the back, and was going to stop there but the front was gaping by the armholes.  I tried some shirring around there because I couldn't think of anything else to do and ended up loving it!  Finally, I switched out the boring white buttons for some gold ones.

I used black elastic thread for the shirring which was dumb because you can kind of see it...noted for next time!  Also, the front gaps in between the buttons...any suggestions for that other than adding more buttons?  I don't think I have 4 more of those in my stash.


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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010 04:14:05 PM »

 Shocked I love the shirring!  Nicely done.  As far as the gaps, what about small tabs of velcro?  I think more buttons might take away from the shirt.

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010 04:45:37 PM »

That's a great idea!  I have some velco laying around somewhere.  Thanks!
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010 05:16:22 PM »

very original recon! love the proportions!
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010 06:13:24 PM »

When I have a shirt that gaps, I sew the button placket together between two buttons. Just sew the top to the bottom going over the original stitching lines. It doesn't show at all. If you just do the gapping spot you can still open the top button to get the garment on over your head.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010 07:28:20 AM »

I love how this turned out Smiley I think the black thread makes the shirring look good. Smiley Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010 01:09:56 PM »

cute! Love the back shirring!

« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2010 09:16:32 AM »

FAB!  I wonder, could you give a quick shirring tute?  Or just a description of how you did it?
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2010 12:03:37 PM »

You did a wonderful job - I just love it!
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2010 03:17:23 PM »


For shirring, you need to find elastic thread.  It comes in black and white and they have it at JoAnn's.  Hand-wind the elastic thread around the bobbin.  It shouldn't be loose but not stretched either, just snugly wound.  Wind it up until no more will fit...you'll probably wind it at least one more time before you're done.  Your thread should match your fabric unless you want a contrasting effect.  Obviously, for mine, I used white. 

You'll stitch on the right side of the garment so the elastic shows on the back.  Backstitch once or twice then stitch one row straight across and backstitch at the end.  Use your sewing machine to determine where the next row should start.  I think for mine I positioned the previous line at the right edge of the machine foot and went from there.  I stretched my fabric as I kept going but I think you can do it either way, as long as you're consistent. 

When you're done, flip your garment over to the back.  In pairs, tie the elastic threads together to keep them from coming undone.  Washing and wearing can pull the elastic out so you want to make sure you secure it.  Trim all your threads and you're done!

I hope that helps!  It's really easy once you get the hang of it.
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