Wednesday, 14 July 2010


Following an idea I saw on Flossie teacakes blog (have a look if you don’t already subscribe she is brill!), I have been shirring stuff!
It’s something I have never done before but I gave it a go and it was so simple and effective I was delighted!
I bought this top a while back and it is a lovely colour but I never wear it as it drapes like a small tent on me and I look pregnant in it!

So I followed the instructions and shirred it.
This simply involved hand winding shirring elastic onto the bobbin reel and using your usual cotton in the top and sewing! I did change my needle to a ballpoint as the top was a t-shirt/jersey material, but it worked a treat.

Apologies for the pics but I am too shy to model it.

It must have taken me 5 minutes from start to finish and now I have a new top! I must scour the house for other clothes I can fix up in this way!

Thanks Florence!

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Bethany said...

I was warned last week that a shirt I have been loving makes me look pregnant--since shirring seems to be the thing of the moment I figured I'd give it a go too, and model it after another shirt I have that I love. Hopefully I don't have an epic fail :)
Yours looks like a completely different shirt now!

Josie-Mary said...

Looks great :)

VintageVicki said...

Brilliant - it is something I mean to try (eventually).

Vintage Vixen said...

Brilliant job, Kandi. Looks so much prettier now.
Boo to shyness! Wish we could see you in it.


Wow! That looks brilliant!! Go on Kandi - model it! I modelled my "tattie" sack on my blog last week!!! xxx

Country Girl said...

Brilliant! And you make it sound so simple,too.

Jille said...

What a difference! Great idea
Jille x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Gorgeous!!! But not as gorgeous as the gift I received from you this morning - I am so so pleased with it and will take pictures of it to show and tell on friday! thank you again you darling xxx

WoodbankCrafts said...

Thanks for taking the time to offer me words of comfort the other day, it is much appreciated :)

Love the top! I also follow Flossie Teacakes and think she is fab. You've done a great job on this top, what a transformation.

I'm embaressed to admit that I still haven't used my machine yet BUT I have cut some fabric ready to nearly there xx

Em said...

Oh wow that looks brilliant I'll definitley give this a go soon.
Thanks for the comments you left on my blog..its nice to know I'm not the only geeky girl out there!
Em xx

Helga! said...

Bah humbug to shyness!Clever!I must try that!

jane p said...

I think I'll shirr me a pocket for my bags.

Jacquie said...

Looks great Kandi !!
You might be interested in the blog-New Dress a Day. I can't work out how to link to here but it's in my blog roll.
Jacquie x

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh my goodness this looks amazing, well done you.

Alex said...

What a difference! Boo to being too shy to post an outfit picture though.

hart44 said...

Brill Lisa :) I got as far a buying the shirring elastic lol.
I can always count on you to inspire me :)
Sue x

Alexandra Mason said...

I love it! I want to try shirring too xx

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Wow Love it, will have give it a go.
Thanks for sharing.
Luv Sophie xxx

Disco Goth said...

It looks lovely with the shirring and I definitely think you should model it - if I can do it anyone can!xx

Florence said...

Oh hurrah! I'm so pleased it worked out well. It does look so much better even on the hanger once shirred, so am sure it looks even more wonderful on you.

Florence x