Wednesday, August 12, 2009

feeling brave

I've got a lot of summer sewing going on.
Here's a sneak peek at one of many works-in-progress.

I bought Sandi Henderson's Portabellopixie 'Claire' Pattern a while ago out of sheer cuteness of the four options. Not a big pattern fan.
Not sure where I was going with it.

But with a special friend expecting in September {on my birthday!}, I couldn't wait to get started on a little tiny Peasant Dress (#4).

Here's what we have so far:
{all four fabrics from Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market line}

{completed bodice}

{bodice attached to skirt}

{ruffles added to sleeves (not part of the pattern)}

{ruffle ready to add to skirt bottom (made it patchwork style,
rather than a single fabric)}

SO...

Once the bottom ruffle is added and the neckline hemmed comes the daunting part.

SHIRRING!
{what gives the bodice a gathered "scrunchy" look}

I'm terrified.

Do you have shirring experience? Any must-know tips?

If this dress is successful, I'll make one for Chloe's first day of 3rd grade,
using these:

16 comments:

sassy girl said...

wow! you have done a great job!! very cute, i love the fabric you choose!!

Aurora said...

LOVE it!!! I'm not a big pattern fan either, but I do love the Portobello Pixie ones! Can't wait to see the finished product! :)

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

that is so sweet that you changed your mind and are giving the dress to janey instead of your friend! rad fabrics. totally freaked out about shirring too. freaked. but I think you can do it. or else say mean things to sandi on twitter. like i want to say mean things about lame hancocks on twitter. mean.

JackieD said...

oooh, if it works out, let me know and i'll pay you to make one for zoey, because frankly, i am the worst at pattern sewing.
good luck!

i finally broke down and am making a pair of shoes for zoey, i have one almost done and the other in progress, i am so proud of myself for finally cutting into my fabric!

Lindsey said...

I do not want to be presumptuous but could Marina be the lucky recipient??? This dress is amazing. You are amazing!

Tegan and Tage said...

Who is expecting next month? Should I know the answer to that?

You are so cute. I want you to be my personal fabric shopper.

Tanya said...

your pattern should give you a how to on shirring/gathering.
the way i was taught was to set your sewing machine on a basting stitch (straight stitch the longest you can make them). Sew two parallel lines about 1/8" to 1/4" on the side that needs the gather, within the seam. Then if you pull the top two threads, it gathers. Start pinning and moving the gathers so it is even, then pin it to the skirt.
Call me if you need help, I can walk you through it over the phone. Your mom has my cell number. It is really easy...WAY easier than button holes or zippers!!

mel said...

So, so, so cute! and, add me to the list of someone who wants you to make a dress. I think Kate and Claire need one of these! Adorable!

Kate said...

Can't wait to see how it turns out!

PamperingBeki said...

So cute!!

glenna said...

I recently made every option in the Portabellopixie Claire pattern. LOVE that pattern!!

Shirring tutorial on my blog. Shows the difference of machine settings for comparison.
go here to see it.
http://yourfabricplace.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-sew-with-elastic-thread-shirring.html

Definitely, Maybe... said...

I'd lke you to be my personal fabric shopper as well! The dress looks great so far... Im sure it will be fabulous!

Laura said...

I am so jealous of your sewing talent. I THINK I can sew...in my mind I sew A LOT...

the fabrics are beautiful...can not wait to see the finished products!

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

Love the fabrics you chose! I wish I could sew - that will be beautiful!!

meg duerksen said...

scares me just looking at it! you are much more talented than me already....i can't read patterns to save my life! i can't wait to see it all finished.
so cute!

Misty said...

have you considered a smocked bodice? counterchange smocking is super simple and is quick to make.