This week, I drafted a pattern for a scoop neck t-shirt from a shirt that I love. I love the flowers by the neckline the most:
I changed a few things about the original and this is what I ended up with:
|Close-up of the flowers.|
Besides the flowers, I also love the shirring down the middle of the sleeves.
After I learned what shirring is, I realized that it is all over the place! And that’s good, because it’s so cute. And so easy.
The only special thing you need is some elastic thread for your bobbin, which you can find at any craft store. Take the elastic thread and hand wind it around your bobbin. Wind it tightly for lightweight fabrics (like knits).
Use regular thread for your needle. Adjust your machine to a long stitch length, and you are ready to start.
For this top, I only did one line of shirring, so I backstitched at the beginning and sewed all the way down the center of my sleeve to the bottom. Then I backstitched again to secure my row. This is what it looked like when I finished:
|I’m in the process of making this shirt again in this fabric.|
I also found it helpful to mark a line down the middle of my sleeve with air erasable pen so I knew I was sewing in a straight line.
If all goes as planned, I will have a pattern available for this shirt sometime soon. At least that is my hope. Wish me luck!