Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Refashion - Shirred Tube Top

Before I got to know Agy from Green Issues Singapore, I had never thought much about refashioning.  Never thought about turning clothes that I no longer wanted/liked into something else.  So here's a big thank you to Agy for showing me by her actions how it is possible to be green in different ways!  There are a million and one ways to be green, we just need to choose those that suit us best.  i believe that every little effort counts, no matter how small.

After giving birth to my Little One, I could no longer wear the owl skirt that I made (thank goodness!!).  So I started unpicking the skirt.  Unpick, unpick, unpick....

Unpicking owl skirt

As usual, I went through many online tutorials about shirring and started my first ever shirring attempt.  I chose the lazy method whereby I sewed in spirals instead of separate rows.  The first few rows got me a little worried as there was not much gathering...

First few rows of shirring

But, after many more rows, the fabric gathered really nicely. Yeah!!!

Shirring - nice gathers

After lots and lots of shirring (this part really took ages!), I added a 1-inch elastic to the top and ta-daa, here's my new shirred tube top!

Shirred tube top


  1. I love how it looks now. Great job with the shirring - my mum taught me how to do it by hand, which takes a lot longer. So happy to have inspired you to start your own refashioning journey!

  2. Thanks, Agy! The tube top looks fine on the outside. On the inside, there are a few clumps of thread where I was struggling with the elastic :p

  3. Really lovely top! :)

    Thanks for the comment. I replied to you on my blog. But here's some part of it; I don't have garden of my own either, I could only grow something small on the balcony..

    Love, Satu
    Indie by heart