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!
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!