Friday, January 13, 2012

TGIFF - A Shirr Thing

It's TGIFF time again and even though I feel like I've been incredibly unproductive this week, I do have a little finish to unveil.


This little shirred dress is for my friend's 2 year old.  I followed the Easy-Peasy Shirred Baby Dress tutorial over at Hand Made-n's and am happy with the final result.  Let's just hope that Miss L likes it too.

The "hardest" part of this dress was the shirring, which can prove to be a bit of a non-event when sewing on a Brother.  I actually didn't find it too bad and, after a few helpful Bloggers pointed out the need for steam (thank you!), it seemed to pull together nicely.


That said, though, it could still be tighter so I plan to adjust the lower tension by following this video tutorial, as suggested by the lovely and talented Kermit Katy.  I'm hoping that this makes things a little more 'springy' - and then I'll sew up a second dress for comparison.  Stay tuned.

That's it I'm afraid.  I really should have had my two quilts for Blankets of Love all done by now but... no.  Oh well, there is always tomorrow.  ;)

E.





I'm linking up to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, hosted by M-R this week.  Come on over.



Edited to add - I've also linked up to Pam's ongoing linky party for little girl dresses, Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way.  Pam is creating an amazing resource with different categories started each week.  Jump over to check out the latest projects - (1) Bags,  (2) Little Girl Dresses and (3) Women's Dresses.  Definitely more to come so keep an eye out.

15 comments:

  1. Such a cute dress, Erin! I'm sure your friend's little girl will be adorable in it!

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  2. I'm sure she'll love it! I have yet to come across a two year old who doesn't like dresses. But if you want to practice, I wouldn't mind if you made me an adult version, haha!

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  3. Gorgeous little dress Erin, it shirr looks perfect to me!

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  4. Oh Erin that is soooo adorable!! Wanna make one for Joan?? ;)
    I tried shirring on my Toyota and, well you can replace the 'r's with 't's!!

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  5. You are lucky you could get your brother to shir. Does it have a top loading bobbin or bottom loading? Mine just chewed up and got in a big tangle. Now I use my pfaff. I have seen people mess with the bobbin tension but to be honest it just seems like too much work...

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  6. oh whoops sorry - dress looks great btw :)

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  7. Love your blog title for this post! The dress looks wonderful, Erin! LOVE that fabric - your friend's daughter will look adorable in it!

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  8. The dress is so adorable...the fabric is so cute and perfect for the dress. I am sure that Miss L will love it. :)

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  9. Such a cute little dress, Erin!!!

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  10. Shirring.. that is no easy accomplishment! What a cute dress. :o)

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  11. I would never try it!
    My Brother costs $60 at Wal Mart one Black Friday--cheapest machine they sell, but I still love it and it sure beats what I had before which was nothing.
    I noticed that Wal Mart sells material that is already done at the top for sun dresses.

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  12. A very sweet little dress. Love the fabric

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  13. What an wonderful little dress! I have been tempted to try something like this, what kind of thread or stretchy thread did you use to create the gathered effect? I haven't found where one might buy it, so I have to ask where you got it?! I have a brother machine as well, but he is dying and so I am trying not to give him new tasks (with FMQ I have spent hours ripping out stitches cause he does like to do FMQ, lol).

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