I am the go-to person in my family for all sewing …… unfortunately, for my family, mending is my least favourite of all but I can have my arm twisted to get mending done if the right incentives are offered!
But when it comes to my little ones…..oh well, Nanna’s heart just melts. This was not really mending anyway! It was more of an addition to an existing garment. My daughter bought this cute little T-shirt and wanted me to add a row of gathered tulle to make it look a bit like a ballet tutu and certainly fit for the little fairy or angel in our lives.
Setting up the machine: I used a pale blue INVISAFIL thread as I wanted the stitching to be as unobtrusive as possible. When using this type of thread, I definitely like to stand it at the back of my ELNA sewing machine on the (optional) SPOOL STAND so that it feeds smoothly and evenly into the machine. This way I don’t get many surprizes like breaking thread. Remember that Invisafil is 100wt thread – VERY fine – so can be tricky if not treated properly. Having said that, it is polyester which is pretty durable & strong so a good choice for my little angel’s play clothes!
After cutting strips of tulle (joining them together), I ran a gathering stitch along the top edge & gently pulled up the threads to achieve the fullness of gathers that I required. I then pinned the tulle onto the T-shirt so that the bottom edge of the frill was more or less in line with the bottom edge of the t-shirt. I did not want the tulle to scratch her!
I then sewed the tulle onto the T-shirt with a narrow zig-zag stitch. I think SW 3 and SL2.5.