I have one more to add to the mix of our FABULOUS guest posters. Weren’t they amazing? I am so inspired by all of them.
So, I have a confession. I actually made two projects for The Vintage Challenge. I made the dolls quilts and then the next day started second-guessing myself. I always second-guess myself. The quilts were not cute enough, not creative enough, not perfect enough. You know, the whole nine yards. So, I started all over. And then I decided that my second project was all of those things—-ARGGGHHHHHHHH! (See how my self-esteem works on a daily basis? It’s a vicious cycle.)
And then I decided that it is okay. They are probably not the most creative, best, or most perfect projects. BUT IT’S OKAY. They’re mine. And I don’t need to measure up to anyone else. (Or so I keep telling myself. All.The.Time.)
Enough of that rant….let’s get on to the project.
I found this vintage tablecloth at a local thrift store and love it because #1 it’s gingham and #2 it has lovely embroidery on it. So, I snatched it up. And thought about the vintage challenge, and decided on a summer maxi dress.
And since it is already hemmed. It was super easy. I folded over the top at the right length, added a chocolate brown ruffle at the bottom and the sleeves….and then added the faux shirring.
The faux shirring was made out of necessity a couple of years ago. You see, I have had Brother sewing machines from the beginning. And all of them have drop-in bobbins. And some people (amazing people) can get shirring to work on drop-in bobbins perfectly well. But. I. Could. Not.
I tried and tried and tried and tried and tried. And all I did was get more frustrated because it wouldn’t pull through the bobbin correctly, or it wasn’t tight enough, or it would break every couple of inches……or a million other things would go wrong. So, I decided to find another way.
So, if you have drop-in bobbin-shirring problems–this tutorial is for you. Faux shirring with 1/4 elastic.
You will need:
4 pieces of 1/4 inch elastic (that are exactly chest measurement)
Fold and iron the top of your maxi dress to the right height. I wanted a ruffle on the top, so I left one inch at the top for that ruffle and then meaured and marked 5 lines. Each line is 3/8 inches apart, so that the 1/4 inch elastic will fit through nicely.