When I chose the ‘My Little Star’ print, I thought it was really bold and a bit crazy. In reality, it’s a totally soft and muted yet still slightly rock and roll.
I had picked out Dress “S” when I first got Stylish Dress Book 2. The square gathered neckline and wide gathered sleeves had me at first glance. The pattern calls for a contrasting fabric in jersey for the sleeves and another fabric for the neckline. I decided the star print would shine better on its own.
The dress came together pretty quickly once I got going. When it was done, it was a bit too loose for my liking. One of the characteristics of these smock dresses is that they are rather loose fitting. On one hand this usually means the patterns are more forgiving with fit and very comfortable to wear. On the other hand, sometimes they are too unshapely. I thought perhaps just taking in the side seams a bit might make the fit more flattering. It wasn’t enough.
This is where magical shirring comes to the rescue once again. I can not sing the praises of shirring enough. It is such a simple technique that gives maximum result every time. I had not yet tried shirring around a waistline, but had seen it many times.
I decided to space my shirring lines a 1/2″ apart and wound up doing four lines of shirring. It turned out perfectly. The shirring around the waist seems to echo the wide gathered elastic sleeves and neckline. It has totally transformed the dress and I think for me, it is much improved.
I can’t say enough about how much I’m enjoying working with the Liberty prints. They are lovely to handle and sew with. Plus, wearing them is dreamy! The tana lawn cotton has a super high thread count that makes the fabric very durable, smooth and almost silky. I’ve also never seen such amazing detailed printing on fabric.
We’re going to a wedding in a couple weeks, so I’m trying to design a dress using this print. I’ve already been warned that I’m not to be trying to sew up the dress as we’re driving to the wedding, so I need to get cracking. At least we all know that I’ve got several dresses in my closet to fall back on if I can’t get it together in time.
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Once again, fabulous dress!! And the shirring really did wonders for it. Lovely.
wow….wow! it looks great! the neck ruching (sp)? made by the elastic is very flattering.
love that fabric! looks gorgoeus.
Oh my Karyn, you’re driving me wild with these latest creations – each one more beautiful than the next!
I am all starry eyed! I adore it! And I love the shirring addition to give it a bit more shape! It looks perfect on you!
Yes! My mind reels with the possibilities! Great work!
wow, great call on the shirring… it looks so good on you. Let me know if you ever want to get rid of that dress! 😉
amazing! i love it! so beautiful with the shirring and also without it! my, you are too clever for words!
That’s gorgeous. Not too crazy at all.
I LoVE your dress! The extra shirring at the waist is perfect. Great job!!
Yay for shirring! I just finished another shirred sundress in that turquoise city-scape fabric that you have at the shop (can’t remember its name). I never get tired of shirring’s magical properties!
wow, that looks really great! i’ve been reading your blog for a bit but am shy to comment, even over the internet. i just started sewing and am finishing up my own dress so i love reading your posts. they are inspiring!
lovely dress and it looks nicer with the shirring. 🙂 very pretty.
This is absolutely gorgeous! I like your modded version even better than the original!
i saw this in person and it’s awesome!!! i have to agree, it’s much better than the original!
Wow wow wow! It looks great. And I think that you were right on with the shirring and not using a contrasting fabric. It looks fantastic!
Great job! I love the print and your version is definitely an improvement on the original! Looks lovely!
So ultra cute!!!
Oh My! It IS gorgeous, better than the original and the fabric is STUNNING! Can’t wait to see what you make next!
Wow! That is gorgeous!
this is awesome lady! i love this print sooo much…it reminds me of jem and the holograms!!!!
i can’t wait to see what you will be making for the wedding. that purple/pink blossoms and “my little star” is probably my favorites prints you have from the liberty collection (so far)
you rock the shirring. love it.
Just lovely. I like it both ways-with and without the shirring.
Karyn! I just ran across your blog and I LOVE it. It is motivation for me to start my new line. Visit me some time!
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