Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shirred Dress

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This is a real HAC (in the words of Kirsty) dress. I had no pattern just an idea in my head. I had 2 meters of material that I cut in half and then measured where I wanted the bodice to waist and sewed the 2 pink bias strips and threaded in 12mm elastic. I evenly shirred the back at approx 2” spacing and on the front did 1” spaced shirring from the waist to under the bust. I was contemplating doing a fancy sleeve but I think the material is so beautiful that I didn’t want to add too much. Once I had done the side seams I just pinned in the bust until it sat how I wanted and then hacked away. I think in hindsight I should of sewn the top and bottom separately, but I am still happy with how it turned out. I even decided to keep the selvedge on the the hem as well.

12 comments:

teddybearswednesday said...

It's utterly gorgeous Cindy! ANd perfect the way it is I won't change a thing.

Christina said...

I love love love it! The fabric, the simple, cool, Summery style, the shirring. How on earth do you shir? Did you use a tutorial? I want to shir too! :)

But seriously, I love the dress. So glad you are making such cool things for yourself.

CurlyPops said...

Wow! That looks like just the perfect summer dress for this strange humid weather we have at the moment.

Julie said...

Wow, that looks great. It looks so cool too.

craftschmaft said...

Oh I have lusted over that fabric for so long but never taken the plunge. Love the dress!

One Flew Over said...

Great dress Cindy, you are such a clever cookie!

That fabric is STUNNING!

Bird Bath said...

Great dress. The fabric is sensational and I like the pink contrasts. Love the shirring - I'm quite into that at the moment too. Now that I know how - I want to add a bit of shirring into more sewing projects.

Pippi creates said...

Gorgeous dress and so great that you designed it yourself! The farbic is absolutely gorgeous.

Nikki Cardigan said...

The dress is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

You are clever, clever, clever!

sophie said...

I love your dress Cindy, and that fabric is so beautiful.

Rach said...

You clever lass! Good on you. It looks great on - very summery and comfortable. X

dearmolly said...

made to measure my dear!!!! bespoke even!! I LOVE it!

great job and I'm sure it's comfy too. I made an elastic no pattern job myself last night...best do a post hey!