Tuesday, June 26, 2007

shortcuts

Sometimes in life you just have to take shortcuts. I walked into JoAnn fabrics with a single thing to buy. Elastic thread for Erin's Sunny Day dress tutorial. Well, I did a double take when I saw fabric already shirred.
They didn't have a ton of choices, but this fabric was perfect for my punkin! She wanted the raw frayed edge on the bottom, so the only thing I had to do was sew one side seam, and sew on some straps. Pink rick rack was her choice.
And for some strange reason, I got the same satisfaction from all of the other things that I have made from start to finish! I also did buy the elastic thread, because I will try to do the shirring myself, one day.
Now if there were only a shortcut to all the things I have to do today, then I would be all set!
Thank you so much for all the kind words about my summertime tunic! I am going to try very hard to wear it.

41 comments:

Twisted Knitter said...

OH MY! I love it -- I want one for myself!

(I was just at Joann's yesterday and was so single-minded, I didn't look at fabric).

It is SO cute and you have every right to be satisfied. :-)

kim said...

That is adorable! And the sandals are perfect.

That's it. I'm learning to sew. I am!!!

Kara said...

So darling! That the fabric is pretty perfect. And the rick rack straps are ab fab!

Veronique said...

Oh, I've always been afraid of shirring! This tutorial is a great find. The little girl's dress is darling :) And the ric rac is an inspired choice!

Obsessed with knitting said...

too cute!!

shelly d said...

I think the fabric was perfect for my favorite little punkin pie!!!

lucy said...

The dress deserves to be worn outside in the sun all summer! The rick rac ties are fun. Love it!

Sarah said...

You are a fabric wizard. I really need my new house so I can sew along with your projects. Thank you for sharing all your ideas. Plus, now I understand what shirring is. Have you ever tried smocking?

Beth said...

I love the fabric! Your daughter's dress is so cute and she looks adorable in it.

Kathy said...

That's adorable! And you should definitely wear your Summer Tunic -- it looks great!

Kristin said...

Very cute, punkin and shoes indluded.
I have no clue what shirring means, I am off to look it up.

Yarn It said...

The dress is just way too cute!

Kirsten said...

Adorable! The frayed edge sounds like a great idea. I think my DD#2 would love one of these. I need to go check out JoAnn's.

hege said...

It's so cute! I love that fabric, very Lilly Pulitzer! :)

La Cabeza Grande said...

What a terrific idea and brilliant execution! Totally cute.

opportunityknits said...

Isn't it great to find this pretty fabric - it was meant to be this cute dress, your punkin even had the sandals to go with it!

erin said...

if they had that pre-shirred print at my local fabric store, i would have bought it too!

Elizabeth said...

The dress is darling. Off to JoAnn's in the morning.

zoe t said...

Cute dress that is my favourite kind of project.

Meggie said...

sooo cute! Libby is a lucky little punkin!! You are so talented. Which JoAnns do you go to now that the one in the area is closed?

The_Add_Knitter said...

Wow, the fabric seems very Lily Pulitzer, which we all know is the most fabulous compliment any summertime garment could ever receive!;)

Amanda said...

Oooh I love it! So wonderfully adorable, and those rick-rack straps are perfect.

Alisha said...

Very adorable!! And so so easy!! Great job!

Kaet said...

this dress is so stinkin cute i wish i were young enough to wear one like it! and your daughter looks so chic with her dress, jack rogers, and sipping from a mason glass jar with matching pink straw! i guess great style runs in your family!

TLCknits said...

Dress is fabulous... I wish I knew how to sew!

Nora said...

Love it, love it, love it!

Tanya said...

Darling and SO girlie - love it!!! I would have loved this sundress as a girl. So pretty and she is darling.

tiennie said...

I love it! You should be proud of it since it's still made by you. So darling on her!

Olga said...

I've seen that fabric at Joann's and have been tempted to buy some for myself! It's good to know how to do the shirring, though, since these pre-shirred fabrics don't come in a wide variety. I love the frayed edge, too...I've been seeing a lot of those hems in the stores (Lucky Brand, Madewell, etc.). Your girl's on the cutting edge (so to speak).

KnitPastis said...

So sweet! I love your daughters request to leave the edging of the hem frayed. She's a cutie!

Anonymous said...

Very cute. Wish I had a girl to sew for.

KeanaLee said...

Can you make them for pregnant fatties?

magnusmog said...

A wonderful dress and it looks like you have the weather to match :)

Elinor said...

How beautiful!!! I love the color! Isn't this the perfect time to be making girly dresses? I'm about to start on two...

Poshyarns said...

Oh that is gorgeous, I have never seen fabric like that and it is such a pretty colour and pattern. I would just love a dress like that for myself!

Rose said...

Cute dress! And that's why shortcuts were invented; so the dress can be put on sooner!

Jess said...

Instant gratification! I love the raw edge. Your daughter has such wonderfully fashion forward taste.

Sheila said...

Lovely dress... you daughter has such a keen eye for designing... wouldn't you say...

So Much Fun said...

Shirring, I always wondered what that was called...It seems like it would take forever to do and get somewhat consistent...TGI Joann!

Anonymous said...

absolutely loved the dress for the punkin.and so easy to make.you are great.
loved the picture of my old beach bag.Punkins is adorable too.I am sure she will carry it for many years.
you are the best.

Katie said...

i love this idea. i will have to look for this fabric!