Like many muses before, Pinterest sparks my creativity. It pushes it into overdrive and screams, "You really can do this!" It makes me think of how I can create decorations, enticing recipes, and beauty within my life and my home.
My boards are now overflowing with pins, and its definitely time to put them to use. Each week or two, I'm going to offer up A Pinterest Production in hopes to deliver a quality creation. I'll share the original Pinterest link and then show you my own finished product. Feel free to follow in the creativity and share your own finished piece!
This pin has been laying around my board for months! I'm so excited it is warm enough in Texas to start wearing skirts again. This pinterest production was not only affordable, but also one of the simplest sewing projects I have made to date.
I think the hardest part of this production was finding the t-shirt. I had to go to two different thrift stores and finally scored a Men's XL Lands End tee. Make sure when you are fitting yourself for the tee, you hold it up to your waist. If it goes around your waist and has an inch or two left over, you've got the right size. Not all tees will fit you the same, so check everyone of them!
Once you've cut your shirt down, thread your bobbin with the elastic. This might prove difficult for your first bobbin but you'll get the hang of it! I made two bobbins per skirt. If you run out of elastic thread before your finished with a complete row, reload and keep going.
It is best to start in the same place for each row of shirring. When you begin, start close to the edge, about 1/8 inch. Hems are not needed as your shirt will not fray. Instead of the traditional way of shirring, Melissa suggests, "backstitching after I begin sewing and once I make it all around the skirt, I backstitch again." This method worked wonderfully and saved time.
As you begin your next row, start it with the right side of your sewing foot on the last row and proceed until the entire row has been completed. This will keep your rows straight and will save time from marking them.
You will lose about 2 inches of fabric while shirring. If you find you are loosing too much, adjust the tension of the machine.
This production took approximately one hour, including threading bobbins, cutting out the skirt, and shirring. I will admit, this was my first time shirring. I thought it would be difficult, but it was simple, quick, and fun. I also had to play with the puppy every now and then, so I imagine I lost a little production time!