When I saw Jorth's tutorial for a shirred-bodice dress (she made one for her super cute daughter, but gave instructions for a more lady-sized version too), I knew I had to make one for my Christmas day dress.
I've had many a shirred-bodice sundress in the past, but for some reason can't locate any of these currently. Odd - must have been too thorough in past wardrobe clear-outs. I practiced shirring, having not done this in the past, and then went to Tessuti Fabrics to buy some pretty special fabric. I ended up with a silk and cotton voile called 'Senegal Garden':
I fell in love with the colours, and the softness. It is also nice and light, which is important as we are in Queensland for Christmas this year and it will be hot hot hot!!
So, using Jorth's tutorial, I mocked up a pattern. I made it slightly different to Jorth's version by adding a ruffle at the bottom. I also had to do about 18 lines of shirring - I think maybe the 'foot width' of my machine is narrower than Jorth's - I needed way more lines of shirring.
So - here it is!!
I don't really have anything groundbreaking to say - it came together easily (I'm glad I practiced the shirring though), and I've worn it to a farewell party and was very comfortable. The fabric was fantastic to sew with- really easy and held its own well. It will be great for our Queensland holiday - we're leaving on thursday of this week for a week at the beach, and then a week with my family.
In case you're interested too - I'm 22 weeks pregnant this week!! All is going really well, we're beginning to really feel like we have a baby coming soon! There has been lots of little movements for Michael to feel, and I've been feeling very well. Although I'm a bit more tired this week than previous weeks. Here is a picture of my bump - my obstetrician says I have a nice little cantaloupe.
I've got a few more frocks to show you in the coming weeks, and some bags I made for some Christmas pressies. How are your Christmas preparations going?