My friend, Christie and I picked up a couple of these tunic/dress/whatever at Old Navy a couple of weeks ago. 50% off of 50% off of clearance. Who cares if it wasn’t my style, it came to $2.25!
I cut it up, shirred a bit, reattached some stuff, and here it is now
My fourth entry for Made By Rae’s contest, it will also be my already-completed-before-even-assigned assignment for Raglan Sleeves, the lesson that time forgot but we’ll get to next week. Pinky swear.
(my four year old took these pictures)
And here is how I did it
I laid a shirt that fits me well in the length on top of the shirt dress, at the bottom hem.
Then I marked the neckline
Folded it in half
I wanted to do a raglan sleeve (next week’s sleeve lesson, so my assignment for it is already done! woo hoo me!) So I cut the sleeves off the top
And used the cut negative piece of fabric as a guide in aligning how to cut the sleeves for raglan style
Then I reattached the sleeves to the new neckline
Next, I decided to shirr. So I put the shirt on and marked with straight pins the area I wanted shirred, from just below chest to just below waist
Then I took off the shirt and marked the pinned areas with a pencil (on the inside of the shirt)
And started to shirr.
I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on this, but when I Googled shirring with my actual machine. None of the awesome tutorial methods were recommended. In fact, I read I could permanently throw off the tension of my machine. Not something I was real excited to risk. So I decided to follow the instructions in my owners manual and shirr by doing a bridge stitch over the top of the elastic thread
Times 17 times all the way around the shirt
Then pulled the loose ends of the elastic
I didn’t get photos of the last things, but I ended up cutting the very bottom of the shirt off, trimming it down a few inches, bringing it in at the side seams, and re sewing it to the bottom of the shirring.
For the neckline, I sewed a casing all the way around the opening, and threaded 1/4 inch braided elastic. I am in love with the new neckline.
I know it’s simple and not really all that amazing, but I really do love it. A lot.
This is totally a shirt I will wear all the time. I LOVE it. Have I said that?
Totally worth the $2.25.