18 July, 2009

What a 'shirrful' mess

I bought some great fabric with a brillant idea to make a shirred dress for my sister-in-law.
I then scoured the internet and found some brilliant ideas on how to make the dress.
Simple, that's what I thought, Simple.

Huh but no! No, no, no, not simple, not in my household.
Firstly, I had to move the furniture to find enough room on the floor to cut the material.
Then I had to pull the vacuum cleaner out of the closet to clean the floor.
Then it took about 3 goes to get the fabric to lay smooth enough to cut it.

Then I had to drag my sewing machine out from under the spare bed.
Then I had to stop and have a cuppa!
Then it was ok, I was on a roll, I wound the shirring elastic onto the bobbin and threaded the machine with normal cotton.
I managed to sew straight lines without the sewing machine eating the material. Perfect!
Then I popped the shirring bobbin into the machine, and off I went.
Fun, it was fun!
And then I finished the first bobbin, took out the work and examined it.
BUGGER!
I had forgotten to turn the dress inside out and had managed to sew all the shirring elastic onto the front of the dress (not the inside).
"No worries" said my partner. "No-one can tell, it looks good."
Huh, it didn't look good in my eyes.
So rather, than unstitching all the elastic and leaving marks in the fabric, I had enough fabric leftover to start again.
So, off I set, cutting, stitching and shirring all over again.
But after the first bobbin was used up rather quickly, I turned over and examined the material - the elastic had caught up all in one huge clump and looked hideous. Argghhhhh.
I decided to give it up as a bad experiment and have cast it aside with the hopes of turning it into some sort of weird bag in the future.
Don't be put off by my disasterous attempts, Shirring is rather fun and quite easy - it's just that I have trouble with new things and don't have the patience to follow instructions to a T!

Here are the links of great Shirring guides available on the internet - give 'em a go!

http://www.kukyideas.com/journal/2007/04/shirred-dress-tutorial.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsSZTHyCLyU