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First time shirring with the maxi Brueram dress

I feel the Brueram top and dress from Sofilantjes* could use some more love. I love the neckline of the dress and two simple straps on the back. I wanted to make one ever since our eldest started wearing this dress, which was passed down after her girl didn’t fit it anymore. It was her favourite dress, I mean it is a long dress, what is not to love, until it was passed down to our middle girl, who is now a big fan of the dress.

Time to make one. And of course time to try out a new sewing technique: shirring. I love learning new sewing techniques. I think shirring is a great technique to give a woven fabric the feel of having stretch. And it is actually not that difficult. I read some other blogs about it and it worked out great. I used stitch length 3.5. I am only not too satisfied with the top row, I read at her blog she uses an extra piece of elastic in the top row, I will try that the next time.

Of course this dress is too long to play in so I hemmed it and folded it inside that way the seam can grow with her. I finished it yesterday and she is wearing it to school today, so mission accomplished. If you love it as much as I do, you can get the pdf 30% discounted until June 23rd noon EST. No code needed.

Fabric: coupon from Ikea
Pattern: Brueram top and dress from Sofilantjes
Sizing: 12M – 14Y
Options: top, dress and maxi length
Difficulty: advanced beginner to intermediate

#sew20challenge 1/20

# Items in 2021: 47
# Fabric this post: 0 in – 1 out (Total fabric in 2021: bought 55 new fabric – used 60 fabric – 42 scrap pieces – 1 gifted fabric) – in total 55 in 60 out
# Patterns in 2021: 6 in – 6 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same, it doesn’t cost you anything extra. Thank you for supporting my hobby and my fabric and pattern addiction

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