I know it’s a bit sad to wish away the week but it’s been a very hectic one this week and I’m looking forward to the weekend for so many reasons. Firstly I have a couple of little things to finish sewing for Xmas (surprise! surprise!), I’ve got 2 days off work which is always a plus, and most excitedly my family is gathering on Sunday for our Xmas celebrations!
They will all be here for breakfast before the g-children start decorating the Xmas tree. This will be followed by gift giving, which includes a lucky dip option this year for the adults. The boys are then heading off for youngest g-son’s indoor soccer game while the girls are going off for manicures and finally we gather together again for a late but leisurely lunch.
Its going to be a busy but good weekend. I hope yours is too.
You may recall that I mentioned how keen I was to do more shirring. Well I’ve now finished the 5 shirred Xmas dresses and am very happy with the results. Of all the tutorials I came across during my research for this project I found the one on Jorth’s blog was the best for working out volumes of fabric and basic construction. I must say some of the others were very confusing for such a simple dress. So if you want to make one yourself visit her blog :- http://jorth.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/shirred-dress-tutorial.html.
I must confess I did make some modifications of my own. I decided to French seam all the seams for a nice neat finish and to add extra strength. I also did away with the elastic casing across the top above the shirring; I don’t think it needed it and I replaced that with my super tiny hem instead; you can see my test one on my previous post. I also decided to do bow ties over the shoulder instead of a single piece and I made a border around the bottom of the 3 bigger dresses; that was a result of underestimating how much fabric I would need rather than a brilliant idea! (I do have a habit of buying fabric before patterns and then trying to squeeze it all in). All in all I’m very happy with the results. Still think that tiny hem is exquisite.
I do hope they all like them; I know I do 🙂 So onto the next thing.