Learn Something New

Monday, January 24, 2011

I determined to learn a new technique for this new month in this new year, and I had the perfect opportunity to start shirring with elastic thread. While I was home in San Antonio for the holidays I met up with the lovely Jenny of Sew Pretty Dresses. We spent one afternoon going through her wonderful fabric stash and checking out all her fun patterns. I mean really, Todd certainly has no interest in discussing fabrics or designers with me, so it's fun to hang out with someone who speaks the same language. Well, not only did Jenny pass on an amazing stack of fabrics she was no longer going to use, but we also decided to try swapping patterns. When she passed on this Lydia pattern from Pink Fig the pressure was one to test out elastic thread shirring (Jenny has been doing this for a while with great success.) As usual, I should not have feared; this technique is pretty straightforward. The Pink Fig pattern had good instructions and my sewing machine actually has a special stitch for elastic thread. There are lots of tutorials out there to get you started too.

Green Lydia

I'm hoping it will be warm enough in March for this to be Avery's St. Patty's day dress. The main fabrics are Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossom, and the bodice and hem are Jennifer Paganelli prints. The pattern actually has a cute cap sleeve; however, when I tried the dress on Avery prior to attaching the sleeves, they were too short. So, check it before you sew if you plan on making this dress. I opted for thin tie straps instead of redoing the sleeves.

Jenny and I spent another fun afternoon visiting with Corie of Banberry Place. Talk about inspiration! I'll have more on this at a later date.


  1. It turned out so cute! I thought maybe I had made the sleeves incorrectly then I looked at the pattern and it looked like the sleeves were meant to be that short? Anyway, I am glad to know I wasn't the only one to pause over that one. The dress turned out beautifully!

  2. I have this pattern and have struggled with the measurements as well. I ended up tripling the length of the cap sleeve measurement to get the right fit. Just goes to show that you have to measure your child first before choosing the size as sizing is definitely not standard. Just found your blog and love it. I love to sew for my little girl, too!


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