Monday, July 26, 2010
Hi! I'm EmmyLou from Sewn and I'm excited to share some refashions on Thrifty Garden Robe! This is a plain shirt I've had sitting in my closet that I wanted to dress up. I decided to take some ribbon and make random rows of pleats going down the front.
I started in the center & stitched across the top of the ribbon barely above the seam on the shirt. Next I made a loop and stitched across the ribbon about an inch down. I kept doing this until I was where I wanted the row to end. Then I cut the ribbon folded it under and sewed that down. I kept doing a row on each side varying the length & I did more like 1&1/2-2 inches between loops. When I was done I had enough ribbon left to do a bow on one side. To cover up the top of the ribbons you fold the collar part down and stitch all the way around about 1/8" from the edge.
I also stitched up the center of each sleeve on a longer stitch length. At the top I didn't backstitch. Then I took the thread underneath and pulled to bring the top thread under. I pulled the top thread to gather the sleeve the knotted both threads together.
The only thing left is to press down the loops into pleats. I did this on a lower heat so I wouldn't melt the ribbon. If you want it more uniform you could measure out each pleat to be exactly the same distance apart, but I like the random look. Thanks & for more refashions for women & little girls check out my blog Sewn!
Posted by emmylou at 10:23 AM