Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Shirred Dress



So yesterday I spent my $20 from Mother's Day and got these things:

(Okay, okay, so I actually spent $26.)  Anyway, now that I had some elastic thread burning a hole in my pocket I was just dying to try my hand at shirring.  I love the look and the simplicity of it, but I haven't had the materials for it on hand before.  I had glanced over Disney's awesome tutorial for shirring over at Ruffles And Stuff (It's great!) earlier during the day and decided to give it a try.

Well, let me just tell you--it is SO easy!  And so, so forgiving.  I practiced on a scrap first (I definitely recommend doing this) and let's just say some of my lines weren't perfectly straight, but once it's done you can't even tell.


So, since it was so easy, I thought I'd make a little dress for the big O.  Can't be too hard, right?  Right!  I used some fabric that came in a grocery bag of fabric that I bought for $2 at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago.  Can't beat that!

How to:
Basically I just cut a rectangle of fabric (about twice as long as I wanted the finished bodice (plus seam allowances) to be).  Then I hemmed the top and bottom edges (the long edges).  Then I shirred a few rows until there was about 2" of shirring (which was as wide as I wanted the bodice of her dress to be).  Then I sewed my rectangle into a tube, added straps, and... done!  It seriously took maybe all of half an hour.  (Or at least that's how long it would have taken if the safety pin hadn't come undone inside one of the straps as I was trying to turn it right side out.)

So I sewed it up last night and then spent the day taking pictures of Olivia in it.  Let's have a little look see, shall we?


It's so light and summery!  And it has just the right amount
of s-t-r-e-t-c-h to it.
See what I mean? 

I will definitely be making more of these little dresses for Olivia.  It's simple clothing projects like this that make me have crazy thoughts like, "Oh, I'll just make all of her clothes from now on!"  Haha.  We'll see.

Have a wonderful evening!

15 comments:

Anna said...

Wow. I am totally impressed. Seriously, Olivia would be lucky to have you make all her clothes. Katie, I am getting a little intimidated of you because of all the awesome things you can make. I hope you will still be my family friend at Christmas.

p.s. Good job spending so little on the supplies and fabric. Well shopped, my friend.

Lisa Lou said...

Aaaahhh!! So cute! Man, I want to make one of those dresses for ME! Or actually, you should make one of those dresses for ME! No, no, I need to learn...

Kathy Haynie said...

I've always wanted to learn to do shirring. Never knew it was so simple? Are there big-girl projects to do with it too?

Your photos of Olivia are darling. Did the snow all melt, or were these taken before??

Richard and Emily said...

uh, can you please make me one to wear? Those are adorable.

Katie said...

No, Mom. Those pictures were taken today. As in, yes, all the ridiculous snow melted. I can't believe this weather. Neither can anybody else around here.

Also, to the rest of you, I have seriously been thinking about making myself a dress or top using this method. But do you think it would look like a maternity top? Just curious.

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Patricia said...

Oh, how cute is she? What a little doll! I love the dress, too. Olivia looks so sweet when she's sucking her thumb and her little finger hooked over her nose.........

Dorothy said...

My first thought (after HOW CUTE!) was also: Where'd the snow go??

Great job with your first shirring project. It's a darling little jumper. :)

homesteader said...

Such a cutie! And the dress is sweet, nice post (:

Kendra and Jared said...

That is adorable! I'm going to have to make this when i have my little girl! I love the pattern.

Polly said...

Great job! It turned out super cute. I definitely need to try some of that.

jess said...

she is soo adorable in that dress. lucky find with that fabric! I've tried shirring but it didn't work for me...maybe I'll try it again.

Rachel and Todd said...

That is so cute. I'm so hoping to have a girl next so I can try my hand at things like this! You're such a great mommy!

ali said...

ooooooh i want one!!!!!! :)

Karin van D. said...

She looks absolutely adorable in her new dress. Lovely!

Beth said...

In response to making an adult top, well, making it a shirt you HAVE to be careful, too much width and it looks WAY to maternity, not enough and it won't fit, maybe measure around you widest part on top and add 1/2 to that. And for a dress, they look so great on adults too!