a quick & sweet way to decorate a singlet.
plain white singlet
10cm of bemsilk lining (112cm wide) in pale pink, torn into 6cm wide strips (raw edge top & bottom)
-sew 3 rows of gathering stitches, leaving long ends of cotton to tie in knots.
-1st row 8mm from top edge, 2nd & 3rd rows 8mm spaced from each other.
-gather all threads from one end & tie off into a knot (without misshaping side of strip, not too tight)
-from unknoted end, pull 3 top gather threads from each row together & gather (distributing gathers evenly)
-when happy with amount of gathers, tie off the 3 rows ends & knot together (once again not too tight to misshape side of strip)
-cut gathered strip into 3 different graduating strip lengths.
-i did 17cm for 1st row, 14cm for 2nd row & 11cm for 3rd row.
-fold side edges under 1cm each edge, pin a little above the top of the singlet neckline, so raw edge is feature along the neckline.
- sew across gather stitches with triple stitch zig zag (this stitch has some stretch in it for stretch singlet material) & a little down the sides to secure the gather stitches but leave frill free.
-repeat this method for the 2nd & 3rd gathered strips, pinning each a little under the bottom edge of the row on top.
-press strips when attached with a cool iron (careful, bemsilk melt’s if too hot) to flatten gathers.
-finished…..but if your littlie is like mine, you will be ironing some light stretch interfacing to the back of the singlet where the strips have been attached to cover all the stitches.