Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A little idea I've been toying with....

...Oooh, since before I made the Bustle Skirt.... I've carried it around in my head, imagining the effects and the possibilities, but until yesterday, I didn't get around to actually TRYING it....I made a cotton lawn/voile variation-weave version of my pattern-free trapese-line top (instructions in my book). Using myself as a tailor's dummy, I played around with where to decrease volume and increase texture. I then drew in a few lines between the widest points of the "decrease volume" area with a white marker pen. (You could use chalk if you wanted to wash the garment before wearing it - I wanted to be able to wear it straight away so opted for a disappearing marker pen).
Then I took the top off and neatened up the lines (and drew a few more) using the pen and a ruler.
I hand-wound a bobbin with black shirring elastic, putting a bit of tension on it (stretching it slightly) as I wound. Using a large straight stitch, I followed the white lines with the sewing machine... ...and marvelled at it's lovely bouncy scrunchiness.
And then I slam-pressed the bejeezus out of it. (Hot steamy iron, flat down onto it). I love the crunchy texture of slam-pressing (and the steam "disappears" the white marker pen).

When I put it on again, I thought, "Hmmmmm...." (as I'm apt to do). So I shirred it over the bust as well. More slam pressing. (And, if I'm honest, I must say there was a spot of unpicking and shirring again until it looked right). More slam-pressing.
And then I did that neck twist thing that I love (also in the book).....
I like. Very much. (Although I'll probably unpick that little bit of shirring poking up from the fold).
I'll be doing bit more of this... I'm thinking Sewjourn (in less that 2 weeks.... squeeeeeeee!) might be shirring-city for me!! I'm stocking up on georgette, linen gauze, voiles and jerseys. I reckon it'll work well in any of these.

I'm also looking at my practise-machine-knitting-lengths (read: the bits that self-cast-off) with fresh eyes.... Hmmmmmmmm.....

20 comments:

trudi@maudeandme said...

Love it!

Amanda said...

fantastic, looks like something you would pay a heap of money for.

mayaluna said...

I already thought you were a genius, but this is just so extremely good!

Kate said...

That is pure genius! Love it.

Vic said...

Wow. This is for book #2! I'm going to get book #1 tomorrow! ;) (Remind me, won't you?!)

Andi said...

It looks bloody amazing!!

Miss Milla's said...

Looks amazing!!!

Kylie said...

Wow wow and double wow! I love this! Not only are you totally amazing, Nikki, you've even explained it in a way that makes me think I could try it too! Not an easy task! ;) Looking forward to the slam-pressing bejesusing too :) Kx

Leonie said...

Gorgeous!

Jennie said...

You are so clever!! This is gorgeous!!

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Wow! YUM!
Want one thanks!

Leonie said...

Love love love love love xx

Fer said...

Geez I love your style. ♥ ♥ ♥

Lara said...

ooooooo I am SO looking forward to watching you do more of this at Sewjourn! LOVE it!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

There you go again, lookin all stylish instead of like an unmade bed. Which is how I'd look!

Ooty said...

love it!

Bunny said...

Love it!

Craftysquirrel said...

OOOh - I like this idea - especially the slam-pressing bit, now need to think what I can use this on.

m.e (Cathie) said...

love this top Nikki!! really do ♥

Jennie said...

I've been trying to come up for a dress idea for a wedding I'm attending in two weeks. Last night I dreamed that it was my school reunion I had to sew for, and I really wanted to impress people. I was frantic for inspiration until, in my dream, I remembered this blog post and this elegant, arty top! The dream didn't last long enough for me to make it but I knew it was going to make me the belle of the ball.

So there you go - your blog obviously makes a strong impression on my subconscious!

P.S. My validation word is FIRICKE, which is how Jack says thread.