NO… it’s not my shirt.
It’s my sister-in-law’s maternity shirt. She is going to be in a friend’s wedding this weekend and asked if I would dress up a top she had picked out. She supplied me with fun fabric, trim, buttons, and bravely let me have my way
Here’s what I came up with~
This is were the job got a little tedious- the gathering. I started by pulling the top thread at one end of the fabric. Bunching up the fabric as I pulled, and sliding the gathers down the length of the strip. Once I had gathered one side to the middle, I flipped over the other end and began gathering that side. I had to be careful not to pull the thread too hard otherwise is would break, and sometimes the gathers would want to bunch up and not move. I just patiently worked the ruffles with my fingers until the whole strip was gathered.
The possibilities of this little ruffle are practically endless. Sew it onto the edge of a cardigan sweater, the neckline of a t-shirt, add to the bottom of a skirt, trim out a pillow… this one however is going to be a flower.
As I came back around to the other side of the circle I began to spiral the fabric towards the center of the flower. When I got to the very center I tucked the other end of the fabric under and back stitched several times. The center didn’t look super tidy but the button in the center would hid all that mess.
Now that I have figured out how to make the rosettes I’m looking forward to making some for myself. In fact I think I might just start sewing ruffles and roses onto every article of clothing I own If you notice me suddenly wearing an excessive amount of roses and ruffles, don’t worry about it too much, it’s just a phase…I’ll grow out of it.