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4 hour Shrug

Added Sep 15, 2011

by bellamabella

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.

Material Notes

mustard colored upholstery




Garment Type

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    Sep 25, 2011, 03.34 PMby ghainskom

    Would love to see the how-to. It looks great!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 12.56 PMby milkyway

    I cant stop loving it

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    Sep 20, 2011, 07.00 AMby bohemiannow

    Lovely! Well done! Please tell us how you did it

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    Sep 16, 2011, 08.28 PMby threadsquare

    I saw this over on the SewWeekly yesterday and really like it. Love the color combo, and can’t wait for the tutorial. But GETOUTOFTOWN!!! I have the same exact machine! It was my very first machine, handed down from my grandmother. Never seen another one before now :) So, it’s a good housekeeping machine? I tried a cursory search for it a few years ago, but “De Luxe Zig Zag” got me nowhere.

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      Sep 16, 2011, 08.42 PMby bellamabella

      GET OUTTTT you have the same machine!! TWINS!!!
      i got it through a friend whose mom passed away and she was an avid sewer, and since he knows bout my love for sewing he decided to give it to me. it put me at now 7 sewing machines (and one serger). this machine is a a beast! omg it works better than any new machine. i love it. but its missing a part, which is no biggie it can still do the job.

      im going to draw up sketches tonight and hopefully post them up tonight or tomorrow morning. this shrug took an ok work dress to nighttime glam. :D

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    Sep 16, 2011, 06.09 PMby patti-r

    Really cute, would also love instructions.

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    Sep 16, 2011, 06.08 PMby patti-r

    Really cute, would also love instructions.

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    Sep 16, 2011, 11.11 AMby jd98

    great achitectural effect!

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      Sep 16, 2011, 07.55 PMby bellamabella

      thx! as a fan of mid century design i tried to envision a more retro feel for this

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    Sep 16, 2011, 05.50 AMby DummyDressmaker

    Wow! So cute! Congrats on a great project.

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    Sep 16, 2011, 01.03 AMby turtlegirl00

    this is amazing!! i can’t wait for you to put up the directions!

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    Sep 15, 2011, 11.12 PMby mlichtenwalner

    This is awesome! I am looking forward to instructions as well!

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    Sep 15, 2011, 08.36 PMby Aida Petre

    very, very nice…and yes..please put some instructions…i would love to make one too….

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