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Spring dresses! (aka- handmade gift pt.2)

Added May 28, 2011

by runningwiths...

Winnipeg, Canada






Also for my niece’s birthday, I made a couple of shirred dresses for her. I was talking to her mom and apparently she had outgrown all her dresses- yea for me! This is actually shirred dress #2 and 3. My first one was for my little girl, but I realized I hadn’t taken a picture of it yet. The elastic thread thing was a little of trial and error… ok, actually a lot of trial and error. I used the Martha Stewart tutorial from a few months back, and even then I had to trouble shoot a lot. I don’t have the disappearing marker and special ruler, so I tried chalk and a regular ruler, which didn’t work. I realized that I could just eye ball with the side plate and the presser foot. I also found that for my machine (a 40 year old Singer), I had to loosen the bobbin tension just less than a quarter turn, and increase the needle thread tension. Otherwise the elastic had too much tension and the thread was all loopy underneith. Frustrating when I do it, but I am already thinking of making a shirred top for me.

I also used Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus Hand Quilting thread. The old spool I had (and used up- I had to buy another for dress #2) said it was “extra strong”. The second spool didn’t mention strenght, but held up to the job with minimal breakage. Without it, my thread kept breaking.

Material Notes

quilting cotton, elastic thread, extra strong thread




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Casual


Martha Stewart- Perfect Summer Dress

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    May 28, 2011, 04.13 PMby turtlegirl00

    adorable!!!! I have been wanting to try shirring myself—I have several baby gifts to make and thought matching hat/dress would be nice… I love the fabric!

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      May 29, 2011, 02.57 AMby runningwithscissors1

      Thanks! Give it a try, I did find there was a bit of trial and error involved, but test it out on a scrap of fabric first to work out the bugs.

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    May 28, 2011, 07.42 AMby flowergirl22

    i have to say its a nice fabric,, I love the colour and pattern on it,, its nice of you to think of your niece,, I am shure she will love you for it,,


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    May 28, 2011, 05.27 AMby Liomon

    Cute dress. I adore the fabric. Would you share the name or brand or if I could find it online somewhere?

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      May 29, 2011, 02.54 AMby runningwithscissors1

      I would have to check if there is any name left on it. I bought it at a local chain fabric store (Fabricland). Actually, I have to credit my husband with the fabric choice. I dragged him in there one day when we were running errands!

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