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« on: August 22, 2005 01:41:29 AM »

This is my first "no pattern" project.  I saw one of these tops for sale for AUD$30 and decided that I could make one for much less.  So for $4 this is what I ended up with ($3 of that was for the shirring elastic).  It shrunk a little in the wash and is a little bit squishy around the shirred part making me look rather more "flat" than usual but apart from that I am really pleased with the results.  It took about 1.5 hours and about 30cm of fabric.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2005 02:19:41 AM »

How did you do the shirring?

I think you look great in it, btw.

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2005 02:44:54 AM »

omgosh i so want one...tutorial???

i love those tops, they are so easy and make me feel skinny when i fee bloated...hope that wasnt tmi

or atleast just tell me how you did the top
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2005 03:11:25 AM »

Thanks for the comments.   Easy to make.

1.  Cut a rectangle of fabric wide enough to go around your body with about 2 inches ease and as long as you like, mine was about 30cm (not sure what that is in inches)
2.  Sew the short ends together to form a tube.
3.  Sew a narrow hem around the top edge (about 1/4 inch) Don't sew the bottom hem yet cause the shirring makes the fabric shrink up a bit and it may end up too short.
4.  Hand wind your bobbin with shirring elastic.  Don't wind it too tight, just tight enough that it doesn't unravel and make a mess (ask me how I know!!)  One bobbin will hold about enough to do 2 to 3 rounds of shirring.
5.  Set your machine to a medium tension and a straight stitch about 4 - 4.5 in length.  The longer the stitch the tighter the shirring will be
6.  Start your first row of shirring (straight stitches) around about the same place as your top hem row of stitchest.   Just sew all the way around your tube and finish as close to the start point as possible.  When you trim your threads leave a long thread and elastic tail start and finish.  Tie the two ends of the elastic and two ends of the thread together so they don't come undone.
7.  Then continue down the tube in the same manner lining up the previous row of stitches with the edge of your presser foot or slightly wider if you like.  Pull the fabric straight in front of the presser foot so you don't end up with gathers between the stitches  (Remember to tie off the ends on each row).
8.  When you've completed enough rows (I think I did about 15) try the top on and measure your hem.
9.  If you want straps just make four spaghetti straps and sew them where you want them, place the back straps slightly closer together than the front to stop them falling off your shoulders.  I put the top on with a bra underneath then marked where the bra straps sat to place mine.
10.  Put top back on, twirl in front of mirror and admire your handy work.

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2005 11:40:04 AM »

its so pretty! I wanted one for a while now....
Thanks to your tutorial my grandmother might actually let me do one now! yesss

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2005 11:47:28 AM »

i would have never guessed you did the shirring yourself- excellent job, it looks perfect!

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005 12:04:31 PM »

Okay...this may seem dumb, but what is the difference between shirring and smocking?  Elastic?  Regardless, I am so going to make a shirred top now.  Thanks for the instructions!  I'm excited,  :-)
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2005 12:32:43 PM »

SHIRRING thread??
this is so rad looking.

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2005 01:06:40 PM »

wow, it looks so professional and i've seen these in stores that look less than half as good as yours does!
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2005 01:15:23 PM »

That is such a cute top!

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