Clothing Restoration: Shirring dress final

Here it is. A finished panel. Success.


After a lot of rotten thread, rotten elastic, and thread clippings, its done.
Both are done, and I was now able to put the dress together.




So I did. I messed up. Messed up big time. I was looking at the dress and realized I left out the two back panels right after I had sewn in the zipper! HA! Generally when I'm pleased with something (whether it be a sewing job or drawing) I then realize I did it wrong. I mean I can say, "Oh man, I really like that stitch." Oh! Its incorrect! Perhaps that's why.
*sigh*
Let's do this again….


There, that's better.


I am extremely proud of how this turned out.


Lookit that bust shelf! Fantastic!


Now that the elastic is in, the dress shapes up really well.


As for the sewn in straps, I took them and made a halter attachment. There were two button sewn into the bodice which suggest there was a strap, and there was. Looking at another dress of the exact same style (I'll post that later), there is a halter attachment so it was a good guess on my part.


This dress took all my thread elastic, so I had to buy more. Problem is, this thread elastic is crap! I did three lines of shirring on my next project and there is no pull. It's just not strong elastic, so I have to find some thats a bit meatier. 

So it's on to sewing me shirring in four other dresses. I think by time I finish this series of projects, I'll be over my shirring curiosity.

Have a great weekend!

3 comments:

  1. Schweet! NO idea on good elastic thread sources. There are moments when I wish I had a time machine simple to source better notions.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Gutterman makes some! In 4 colors, no less. I returned all that thread and they were having a sale on the Gutt thread buy 2 get one free! Squeeee!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. That is an amazing transformation! I've never tackled shirring: it always seemed intimidating ... and that's to put *in*. If someone asked me to take some OUT I'd run away screaming.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Labels

1940 (598) 1930 (387) dress (363) catalog Sunday (332) progress (209) repro (147) cotton (142) suit (137) coat (118) pattern (111) hat (98) 1950 (96) blouse (94) 1920 (85) shoes (85) etsy (78) personal (78) illustration (72) WWII (66) fabric (65) gown (65) vintageville (65) jacket (64) simplicity (64) day project (63) Lane Bryant (62) linen (62) McCall (61) Wards (61) Chicago Mail Order (58) nvl (56) butterick (55) homemaking (55) event (54) music (54) skirt (54) pants (53) rayon (53) foundation garments (52) dubarry (50) flower (46) house coat (45) separates (44) Sears (42) sweater (39) wool (39) make and mend (36) playsuit (36) stockings (36) slip (33) 1960 (32) hollywood (32) advertisement (31) showcase (31) buttons (30) holiday (30) catalog (27) dust bowl (27) apron (26) dance (26) denim (26) dyeing (26) pajamas (26) Man Month (25) furniture (25) purse (25) robe (25) accessories (24) drawing (24) NRA (23) National Bellas Hess. (23) navy (23) overalls (23) MnM11 (22) day dress (22) sew-along (22) underpants (20) Spiegel (19) giveaway (19) bra (18) gloves (18) hair (17) mnm12 (17) royalchrome (17) silk (17) CVTotI (16) PPP (16) men (16) stout (16) In Memoriam (15) costume (15) craft (15) jacket in a week (15) velvet (15) 1910 (14) Air Raid (14) bathing suit (14) children (14) jewelry (14) nightgown (14) swimsuit (14) MnM13 (13) beret (13) cmo (13) patterns (13) pictorial (13) quilt (13) repair (13) advance (12) alteration (12) collar (12) dress form (12) mail order (12) rick rack (12) seersucker (12) MnM14 (11) cloche (11) loungewear (11) New York (10) cicada (10) depression (10) piping (10) plaid (10) redingote (10) the gardenia dress (10) anne addams (9) border print (9) cape (9) cocktail (9) cocktail dress (9) girdle (9) lace (9) lingerie (9) red (9) wardrobe (9) excella (8) food (8) marian martin (8) panties (8) sleeve (8) sweaters (8) tweed (8) uniform (8) bolero (7) corduroy (7) embroidery (7) family (7) just because (7) socks (7) tiki (7) toys (7) calico (6) crepe (6) expo (6) garter (6) knitting (6) movie (6) restoration (6) scarf (6) shirtwaist (6) sick (6) sleepwear (6) zipper (6) 1970 (5) applique (5) architecture (5) bargain (5) blackface (5) body (5) book (5) brooch (5) cat (5) chambray (5) color (5) fashion (5) glass (5) jacket in a week 2 (5) jimjams (5) little things (5) museum (5) notions (5) novelty print (5) party (5) photos (5) pimp (5) pleats (5) sale (5) shopping (5) smock (5) underdress (5) vogue (5) bag (4) comments (4) elastic (4) jumper (4) pets (4) revolution (4) scallop (4) sewing (4) slippers (4) tappants (4) 1800s (3) 1900 (3) 1980 (3) VPP (3) WWI (3) corset (3) cosmetics (3) cuff (3) darning (3) dicky (3) ebay (3) furnishings (3) hats (3) lindy (3) men's (3) monogram (3) monster making (3) shirring (3) shirt (3) styling (3) summer (3) teaching (3) upholstery (3) vintage (3) viva (3) PDF (2) SAT (2) UK (2) beauty (2) beer (2) bloomers (2) blue (2) books (2) commission (2) cookies (2) deco (2) detail (2) diner (2) doll (2) flapper (2) handkerchief (2) hiking (2) kickstarter (2) learning (2) lucite (2) maternity (2) mock-up (2) natural (2) necktie (2) nylon (2) outsize (2) pin-tucking (2) pique (2) playclothes friday (2) retro (2) satin (2) singer (2) snoods (2) sporty (2) stripes (2) sundries (2) superior (2) thrift (2) two-tone (2) watches (2) wearing history (2) wedding (2) yellow (2) yoke (2) 1930s (1) 1945 (1) 1990 (1) ADSLA (1) Brian (1) Casts of Color (1) Hart Schaffner n Marx (1) Lady Day (1) Rowman's (1) San Francisco (1) Steampunk (1) adventure (1) apple (1) atomic (1) baby (1) bakelite (1) bar (1) baseball (1) batman (1) beach pajamas (1) bead (1) belt (1) berthas (1) bike (1) birthday (1) black people (1) bracelets (1) burda (1) candy (1) clock (1) closet (1) comic (1) cosplay (1) couch (1) design (1) drinking (1) evening gown (1) fagoting (1) fat people (1) feedsack (1) felt (1) flooring (1) fonts (1) gadgets (1) grading (1) guest comments (1) gusset (1) halloween (1) history (1) hood (1) hygiene (1) instructions (1) interview (1) landmark (1) lawn (1) makeup (1) mensturation (1) mid-century modern (1) misses (1) needle (1) notches (1) pearls (1) pictures (1) plants (1) pocket (1) portraits (1) raglan (1) refashion (1) ric rac (1) rings (1) rugs (1) sci-fi (1) sequin (1) serger (1) shades (1) sharkskin (1) shorts (1) ski suit (1) skit (1) slacks (1) standard (1) textles (1) thread (1) tour (1) travel (1) turban (1) tv (1) twill (1) type (1) umbrella (1) vest (1) video (1) vintage outing (1) winter (1) woman (1) women (1) workwear (1) writing (1)