Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shirred Dresses..............

With the weather warming up here I decided to whip the girls up a couple of shirred dresses...I love shirring and to make things even better, it's so super easy!!!!!!!! For these little dresses I measured around my girls chest's, then multiplied that measurement by 2... For the length I just roughly ran a tape down their side to where I thought they might look cute and added an inch for hems....I made a tube out of this fabric and then hemmed the top... For the shirring I simply sewed around the tube using shirring elastic as bobbin thread (make sure you wind this on by hand as the machine will tension it for you as you sew) and cotton thread for the top.. I like to leave 1/4 inch gaps between each row of shirring, I also leave 1/4 inch from the top before starting my first row of shirring. For Millie's dress in the first 2 pic's I did 6 rows of shirring and for Connie's in the last 2 pics I did 10.... I added 2 straps and some cute trim to the bottom to finish the dresses off and after no more than 2 hours of solid craft time I'm pretty happy with my end result, gotta love that!!!! *^_^*
Take Care :)

13 comments:

  1. Awwww, look how cute they are! Very, very clever!

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  2. Oh those dresses are so pretty Jodie. I love the little trims on the bottom too. I cheated last year and bought fabric from Spotlight with it already done but Isabelle loved wearing them as they were so light and cool. It is hard to imagine you all running around in summer gear when we are still sitting here freezing. Nice and warm one day and cold the next, I guess that is Melbourne weather isnt it. Hope your all well.

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  3. these are adorable dresses and I love your travel pillow!!!

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  4. they are beautiful. i wish i understood sewing speak. alas! you lost me after bobbin. i am slowly but surely learning though. last week i didn't even know what a bobbin was.

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  5. Those are adorable! My sister-in-law just made one of these for my daughter and her daughter for their birthdays. I can't wait to get my hands on a sewing machine!

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  6. Gorgeous Jodie, I recently found a great Tute for turning a man's shirt into a girls shirred dress. I might give it a go someday.

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  7. The dresses are gorgeous. The girls should get lots of wear out of them. Another outfit that was quick, easy and not purchased. Well done.

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  8. Lovely little dresses... Have just bought some shirring elastic myself and was hoping to have a go at this. Thanks for the tips.

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  9. The dresses look great!!!!!!!!! and the little angels look so gorgeous.

    gg

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  10. Gorgeous dresses!
    I have been trying to get in contact with you, could you please email me???? Thanks Bec xxx

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