Shirred Summer Joy; 3 Video Tips to help tap your inner sweatshop
~So I have had this shirring post in my head for a month or more. First I thought I would do a tutorial for my 2010 moo moo dress(later gator), then I decided i needed to address the shirring first. ~There oodles of tutorials on shirring so I decided after carefully devouring them I would share links to my absolute faves and offer what I believe are some key tips to finding shirring happiness; on video?! I will also show you my lot of summer frock designs thus far this summer . But first a little ramble thru the scramble or "how I got here from there".... ~ I first started shirring years ago; This was long before I surfed the Internet waves of knowledge. I have no idea even who told me you" just put elastic thread on the bobbin". I just remember that when I put that bobbin of elastic thread in my machine I ascended to a new level of sewing. That was a magical summer of shirred blouses and dresses. It was however, bitter sweet; I loved the result but not the process so much. My dang thread just kept breaking, or the rows would come undone and I could never get it to look quite as crisp as those lovely machine shirred frocks. Well I moved on a bit. I shirred maybe one or two garments a summer, for a the next 3 summers . I learned lots of other techniques and kinda forgot the shirring madness. However, early last summer, I got Heather Ross'sWeekend Sewing, and...a sweet simple shirring tutorial. Up till then, I had not thought to check for online shirring tutorials (even though at this time, I was a well versed digi-geek), for some wicked reason! How had I had never spayed and pressed???!!!!Well probably because back then I would sew without an iron(gasp)...for shame. So, please fast forward to the spring 2010; while coming up with my summer dress I decide to revisit some of my early dress and blouse designs. I must say I am thrilled as peach pie about this summer frock, but this is not about that specific pattern so I promise to share the pattern later. For now I am gonna show you several different dresses I have been churning out this summer that all employ the shirred technique in different ways. I wanted to show you these dresses as examples of the usefulness and versatility of this easy technique.
~This is the first sheet dress of the season and the first incarnation of the 2010 moo moo ~This dress is a pattern I made from and old navy dress I got that had a tie neck. I changed it up a bit to make it more comfy. It is made from all re purposed fabrics. I shirred the waist and the back panel, and used FOE on the neck line. and bias for the criss cross straps.
~This is my ode to " My Neighbor Totoro" dress ( also the first dress of post) the entire bodice is shirred and the whole dress is lined.It is made from a sheet.
~This one uses an altered men's muscle T as the top and sheets for the skirt, then I shirred the waist line to cinch it in.
Here are my multi media tips ....bear with me Tip # 1 wind your bobbin carefully
Tip # 2 machine shirring ; slow and steady
Tip #3 water and heat
Before Tip #3water &heat after Tip #3water&heat ....Burger and I are heading to the Rio Grande Valley for a Donda visit and what will probably the last somewhat normal gulf beach visit for our lifetime. See y'all next week.... love ya to itty bits