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Claire in Montreal
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Date: 7/17/13 2:50 PM

Our local fabric store sells the lengths of shirred fabric that has a band of shirring along the selvage. The one that gives you a shirred bodice and a regular gathered skirt below the shirring.

I'm trying to find pre-shirred fabric - all shirred. A friend would like to have a tube top but the fabric doesn't seem to be available.

Does anyone know of a source that wouldn't involve me, elastic thread and lightweight fabric - this isn't my project ( just the research )

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Date: 7/18/13 1:25 AM

This won't help, but I found (and purchased) some in Paris. They had many colors and it sewed up beautifully. I wish I had bought more. I looked for it in NYC and there was none.
Maybe you need a trip to Paris?

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Date: 7/18/13 2:47 AM

If she just wants a tube top out of it, why not just buy one by the inch, just like you describe above, (as yardage) that has the shirred top part and then just cut off and not even use the unshirred skirt portion? You or her or someone would still have to sew one seam up it, and turn under the cut edge and hand hem, or machine hem, or maybe run it though a overlocker there, but it still would work out fine. Would not involve any elastic thread at all though, as it would already be in there.


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Date: 7/18/13 8:49 AM

Before you shirred the entire piece, use the serger and finished the top and bottom edges with a rolled hem. That way the project will go faster.

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Date: 7/18/13 3:04 PM

Thanks everyone !

Of the 3 options - yes, yes, yes - I like the trip to Paris best LOL

Judy - good tip thanks - I'll probably try shirring one of these days, but not yet

But, beauturbo, using just the top of the pre-shirred is a great idea !

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Date: 7/19/13 7:59 AM

I was scared of shirring too, until I got a lot of little GD's to sew for,
now it's fun. Many Tutes online and at $20/yd. for limited loud prints in stores like JA's, well worth it.
I prefer to shirr the piece flat, then sew up the side seam. Also use the drop-down method for the next line, backstitching at each end, instead of some that say tie off each row. Some tutorials give you the placement points for adding straps before shirring.

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Date: 7/19/13 9:15 AM

good tips there too, thanks.

Not scared, gramma b but shirring hasn't been on my radar yet and will take a bit of practice, I'm sure. In fact, when I do, it will likely be a project for this same friend's daughter (I borrow her for sewing projects as she's the only little girl I know at the moment)

Thing is, I'm really trying to get away from telling everyone 'oh I can do that for you' and move on to just helping without doing. I always seem to jump in and end up doing things I didn't really want to do in the first place.

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Date: 7/19/13 11:56 AM

How long does the tube top need to be? The shirred fabrics I've seen online generally have seven or eight inches of shirring.

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Date: 7/20/13 6:13 PM

Both my friend and her mother are quite large busted, so longer than standard probably, but how much, not sure.

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Date: 7/22/13 7:29 AM

Would you consider making the tops from a different fabric such as one of the new ripple textured knits? The 90%ply/10% lycra fabric isn't shirred but it has texture and stretch. I haven't tried this fabric, but I think it just might make an acceptable substitute.

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