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Satin Shirred Bodice Dress

Added Feb 7, 2008

by bellinda81

Toowoomba, Austr...




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I made this dress to wear Christmas Day 2007. It is simple to make without a pattern. Simply 2 rectangular pieces of material (twice the width of my body).

Material Notes

Satin, shirring elastice




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    Jul 14, 2009, 06.27 AMby jmgordon52


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    Oct 30, 2008, 06.02 PMby camilaustral

    love it!!

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    Oct 3, 2008, 02.13 PMby justmica

    Love it…

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    Apr 1, 2008, 05.56 PMby akoko

    So Sweet and lovely.

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    Feb 8, 2008, 11.00 PMby bellinda81

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments. Yes, the smocking is easy to do, and I did exactly what danamon_o_fun said. I also had no idea how to do this until I asked at the fabric shop and couldn’t believe how easy it is. I also googled it and found a good website with instructions and pics: http://www.kukyideas.com/journal/2007/04/shirred-dress-tutorial.html Just remember, the more rows you do the tighter it gets, so don’t be tempted to pull the thread tighter when you have only made a few rows of stitching. The edge were finished with a rolled hem on the overlocker. Happy sewing!

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    Feb 8, 2008, 10.45 PMby danamomofun

    Fabulous dress! I like the fabric choice. Not sure if this is how you did the smocking, but for those of you who wondered, an easy way to get the smock-y look is to hand-wind your bobbin with elastic thread and use regular thread for the top. It’s about the coolest (and easiest) trick I know how to do with a sewing machine, and you don’t need fancy-schmancy stitch settings or anything. Google “smocking with elastic thread” or similar for more detailed instructions.

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    Feb 7, 2008, 11.06 AMby lanikai

    Very nice job! Fabulous choice of fabric/very silky-looking, cute! Looks very attractive on you. Excellent work!

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    Feb 7, 2008, 05.31 AMby senasews

    what a super cute dress! great work!

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    Feb 7, 2008, 04.59 AMby sewlikecarolyn

    That is a fabulous dress, i love the material. I, too, am interested in how you do the smocking effect…

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    Feb 7, 2008, 02.48 AMby veganknitter

    That’s lovely! I’m also interested in how you did the smock. Also, there’s a nice clean edge to the top of the dress… was that from the fabric you chose, or did you use your sewing machine to achieve that result?

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    Feb 7, 2008, 02.22 AMby toupinette

    beautiful! I love it! How did you make the “smock”? Is it difficult to do?

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    Feb 7, 2008, 02.22 AMby missb-1

    A lovely dress and it looks great on you.

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    Feb 7, 2008, 01.32 AMby jd98

    very good idea. it’s a lovely fabric

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