Feb 112013
 

I gotta admit … I’m a bit jealous of people who have the eye for repurposing items and making them fabulous. I just don’t have it. For example, how cute is this dress that Melanie made using one of her old skirts?!

Melanie Dramatic Repurposed Skirt

Remove waistband, add some shirring and some ribbon for straps and voila … you have a super cute dress that any little girl would love.  So cute and so easy!!

But this brings up something else that I have been too chicken to try … shirring!! The concept seems easy enough and is according to Melanie but I don’t know … Maybe it’s time to fish the elastic thread out of the back of the drawer and give it a go. This tutorial from Pink Fig made it seem not as terrifying! Shirring has officially been added to my list of techniques I must try before the year is up … unless I chicken out ;)

Would love to see some of your repurposed goods to get me inspired. I figure the more I see, the easier it might become for me to start seeing things in a new way. Post your links below to share.

Happy Sewing!

Jen

May 312009
 

Have I mentioned yet that I love the new line by Erin McMorris?  It is cheery and fun – perfect for summer sewing.  I have been wanting to make Haley a few new dresses and I know several of them will come from this line of fabric.

Haley's dress

The print used is called Flower Shower. Such a simple sundress! And because of the elastic bodice area, this dress will fit her for quite some time.   :-)  I think I should whip up a few more of these for my dress-wearing little girl!

Dec 142008
 

Haley’s Christmas dress was made using Mary Engelbreit’s Isn’t Christmas Jolly fabrics.  (By the way,  all Seasonal fabrics are on sale!)  I love the little peppermint candies and the vintage toys.

I used Pink Figs The Lily Top pattern.  A very cute pattern indeed!  I made it long so that it would be a full length dress.  The most notable thing about this dress is the shirring.  It’s a technique that many are afraid to tackle, but it was very easy.  You hand wind elastic thread onto your bobbin, lengthen a straight sticth to a 4  and sew like normal. There are 4 rows of stitching spaced  about 1/4 inch apart.  When you’re done sewing, you tie off the elastic ends, and then blast the area with steam from your iron.  It shrinks the elastic thread and the material gathers up.  Very cute, don’t you think?  It has shirring around the neck, the waist and the sleeves. I’ll be doing more shirring for sure.  Very fun!  (And easier than casing elastic if you ask me!)