shirred check top
July 20th, 2011
Here is a little shirred top I made for my daughter from an old men's shirt. When I started I was trying to make something more like this, but the yoke was a leeetle too tight. Luckily there was just enough length to cut it off and try something new.
That damn elastic thread everyone raves about seemed like the best bet for actually coming out with a wearable top in the end. I've tried it before, but there are so many conflicting explainations on how to use it--wind it loose, wind it tight, wind it not too loose and not too tight (that one is particularly helpful, thank you), pull it to gather, don't pull it, iron it, steam it. Whatever. I already screwed up the shirt once, so I didn't have much to lose by screwing it up again.
But hey! it's not so bad. I have no idea how I wound the bobbin (not too loose and not too tight--sorry) but it worked well enough. Definintly of the homemade varitey. She likes it, but elastic thread is not all that pleasant against the skin--anyone have any ideas for lining shirring? Or have any horror stories about elastic thread?