Added Sep 15, 2011
Plainfield, New ...
This project would have taken less time, had I not taken a break to watch project runway in between pressing.
The idea for this shrug came about because i had a wedding in the evening and i had nothing to wear. Normally i would whip up a dress, but time was not on my side so i had to figure out something quick.
In my textiles arsenal i had left over cubicle fabric (yes, UPHOLSTERY) in this odd yet intriguing mustard color. I wanted to make a dress or something with it, but again TIME was my enemy. So i took one of my work dresses (cynthia rowley, on sale at tj maxx for $30!) and i decided that was going to be my base.
I am not a huge fan of bare arms but i didnt want to wear sleeves either, so the shurg it was.
i basically took 3 long pieces of fabric ( the first layer is obviously the longest part and the other two layers are the same length) and i went ruche-crazy!
no elastic was used ( all my sewing do-dads are in storage so it was basically bare bones sewing) and my normal work horse machine was not with me. all of this was done on a vintage good housekeeper machine with a missing plate.
i absolutely LOVE this shrug, and the compliments i got that night validated me as a seamstress, everyone thought it was vintage and/or part of the dress. so when i let them know that no, its not vintage and that i made it in that morning, they were in shock.
i will update the post later on with a few sketches of how to construct this shrug yourself.
mustard colored upholstery
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