Sewing for others
fun is life if we just did things for ourselves? More safe for sure :).
Well this is the second time I made anything for someone outside my
family. My friend (Kelly) wanted me to make a casual dress for her to wear to a beach wedding. She found this very casual dress at Maurices.
It’s really a nice little dress, she wanted to go for similar colors,
but I thought that it would get lost in a wedding on the beach. I also
thought that with the wedding being on the beach, that have the female
population would go for those colors.
start this of, let me just say that I have done this before but never
with jersey. As usual I wound the bobbin with the elastic thread and
popped it in the machine. Started stitching and nothing happened, no
sign of shirring. I played around with tension, stitch length and width.
It was very frustrating, almost threw in the towel, but I promised and
said I would do this. I’ve learned that the easiest of project has it’s
researched online for shirring knit/jersey fabric. The only results
that came up was a method of placing each piece of elastic on your
fabric and zigzagging over it. This actually turned out to be a very
effective method to shirring jersey, however you can’t do this if you
need something fast. It’s a process of marking all your lines out first
and then adding the elastic, my project had 19 lines about 5/8in between
each. Not to mention my stripes where approx. 54-58inch in length. I think in the end, after all the ups and downs the dress looks good.
This is the inspiration piece Kelly wanted me to create for her