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This dress is the Daisy Ray, which is found in the 20th Issue of One Thimble, and designed by Ainslee Fox.
I consider myself an intermediate sewist/seamstress/whatever, but there are still a lot of skills I haven’t learned yet. This is the first time I have attempted to shirr. Normal me might have re-constructed the back panel to allow for several elastic casings, but I was feeling pretty adventurous, found a youtube tutorial or two to watch, and ordered 2 huge spools of elastic thread on Amazon!
Well. The first line stitched fine! The second was ok-ish. By now I was already wondering if I was supposed to have the fabric pulled straight, or if the subsequent rows were all supposed to be stitched over the gathers. None of the tutorials specifically mentioned that. My fabric gathered up pretty tight even with my first row. I loosely hand-wound the bobbin, but maybe I should have pulled it a little tighter?
Anyway, by the bottom of the bodice, it was clear that this wasn’t my best work. But I wanted to see how it looked finished, and if it fit. After trying the dress on, I realized I probably was supposed to pull the fabric straight as I stitched, and a couple of the rows unravelled. But I’m still showing it anyway. Maybe someone else will realize that it’s ok if your first attempt is far from perfect. Now that I’ve tried, and know what questions I have, my next one will be better, and I’ve taken the first step, which is often the hardest one.
I absolutely love the summery feel of this dress! The ties are cute and casual, and the full skirt, and elasticized bodice make it comfy to wear!
Michael Miller Fabrics is a dream to work with. From complete creative freedom, plus quality fabric, and designs, I am pinching myself that I have this opportunity! This print is from the Weekend Getaway collection.
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