Last week I scored this brown polka dot shirt from the Goodwill for oh, about $1.65. (It was 50% off!) Nothing big, a Target shirt is all. But I really liked it.
I mean, not bad for less than two bucks, I know. But I thought it could be a bit more fitted. I wasn't going to mess with a big redo, but I had a blouse from Banana Republic and it was gathered in the back and I *thought* I could do the same with this shirt. Actually, this project was a redemption project after I threw my
Yes, it was late but I had to do something right last night...
First, I tried it on and grabbed the back of the shirt and pulled it back to see approximately how much I was going to need to gather. It was going to be quite a bit for this shirt! I also roughly decided where the gather should fall. It was all guessing at this point, mind you. I decided on 15.5" down from the collar. I used my ruler to chalk a line across.
Then I sewed a gathering stitch (longest stitch) along that line. (I figured if the gather was too high or low no biggie, it's a gather stitch, and could easily be pulled out!) Next, I gathered it up as much as it would go. And then tried the shirt on again. I just loosened the gather until was how I wanted it. Then I carefully took it off and laid it out like this:
My goal here was to get the gather symmetrical and straight. The ends of my gather were 2 inches from each side seam.
Next, I cut a piece of ribbon about an inch longer than my gather. (optional: I singed then ends, too to prevent fraying.) Then I folded the ribbon ends under and pinned the ribbon on top of the gather stitch.
Next, I sewed the ribbon on. I stitched along both edges of the ribbon and the short ends, like a big box. Then I tried on the shirt and hoped f
or redemption it would fit the way it did in my head...