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Rose Candy Sundress ☼

Added May 3, 2011

by magdamagda

Romania, Romania






This dress started with me taking a look at my supplies and notions and deciding to put the elastic thread to good use!

A few things:

- I did not want to go in straight lines and cut the elastic thread at the end of every circle. I felt like I’m chopping the thread too much and making too many operations, plus you can’t wind too much thread onto the bobbin anyways, why also cut it? So I stitched the sides of the dress and started stitching with elastic thread from top and went downwards into a spiral.

- the step length chosen seems to influence how tightly curled the fabric gets

- I tried to keep the stitches at equal distances from the previous ones – however while you stitch you also have to stretch the segment you shirred previously, so that is a bit difficult. Don’t worry though, the firmness of the elastic thread seems to balance everything if you’re a few millimeters off from the track.On the right side the surface will have small “ups and downs” which make the texture more interesting!

So that’s my first shirred dress! A technique that gives a perfect fit without any tailoring, what a relief:)) I am definitely going to shirr some more! How about you?

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Material Notes

cotton mix, beaded leaves, elastic thread




Garment Type
Beach, Romantic

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    Sep 7, 2011, 08.24 AMby Jelena Mitic

    Oh, the dress is absolutely divine! Totally Spanish like! :)

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    Jun 2, 2011, 12.12 PMby loyl8

    adorable!!!!!! So awesome. great job i have the shirring added to my list for a while now.

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    May 5, 2011, 08.50 AMby Rika Daniel

    so beautiful, Magda! you did not cut the rubber thread? what an idea! I was so busy cutting the thread when I made my shirred dress…and I am addicted to shirred dress too, I made three! :D

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      May 5, 2011, 10.03 AMby magdamagda

      I know, I love your shirred dresses! And yes, I used all the thread on the bobbin- as I was saying before also, one bobbin full of elastic thread makes about 4 circles of 1.8 m shirred fabric.

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    May 3, 2011, 08.46 PMby nettevivante

    Just perfect, Magda! :) You really have an eye for details. I am sure you can handle every technique!…now I am desperately looking forward for summer to come!

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      May 4, 2011, 06.33 AMby magdamagda

      It’s a pleasure to shirr! I might not want to try anything else for a while!:)) Thanks for your kind words Nette!:)

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    May 3, 2011, 07.18 PMby Ivana Krejci

    love it!

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    May 3, 2011, 05.32 PMby Irina Schwab

    This is so lovely, love the colour and love the overall result! Foarte frumos :-))!!

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      May 4, 2011, 06.32 AMby magdamagda

      Multumesc din suflet! Glad you like it!

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    May 3, 2011, 02.59 PMby cooi

    I love it! The fabric looks really light and wonderful.

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      May 4, 2011, 06.30 AMby magdamagda

      Thanx! The fabric was easy to work with and it’s so cheerful!

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    May 3, 2011, 02.51 PMby Lucha Suarez

    Gorgeous! A new twist on a shirred summer dress! This is truely beautiful!

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      May 4, 2011, 06.28 AMby magdamagda

      Thank you so much! yes I wanted to add a new twist!:)

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    May 3, 2011, 02.14 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Very pretty dress and an interesting technique!

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      May 4, 2011, 06.29 AMby magdamagda

      Thank you! :)

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    May 3, 2011, 02.06 PMby irmchen

    LOVE the sleeve part/neckline which you zoomed!!! So pretty! :-)

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      May 4, 2011, 06.27 AMby magdamagda

      Thank you so much! Also for the sweet comment on your wall and for following my creations!:)

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    May 3, 2011, 08.40 AMby japconst

    very pretty – interesting shirring in the round – I should try it too! Good job!

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      May 4, 2011, 06.25 AMby magdamagda

      Definitely give it a try! One bobbin full of elastic thread makes about 4 circles of 1.8 m shirred fabric.

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