A month or so later I went to the Balenciaga exhibition with a crowd of sewists. After the exhibition we had a lovely lunch and then a small group of us went to Goldhawk Road. I was pretty tired and not really finding anything that I liked but in A One Fabrics I found what I thought would be the perfect fabric for a prom top. It was super cheap - I think £2 a metre so I bought 2 metres thinking it didn't really matter if Eldest didn't like it at that price!
I washed it and added it to my stash, then we kind of forgot about it. Suddenly it got to the end of April and we realised on the Monday that her prom was on the Friday of that week - we had a little bit of a panic then realised that it was completely doable in the time frame. Eldest went through all my patterns for tops and came across New Look 6471 which had come free with a sewing magazine.
She didn't want the cuffs or a tie neck on the pattern, both of which were easy to change. She had a rtw top that she had seen as a reference point, and it had shirring in places which she wanted.
I finished the raw edge of the sleeves, then did the shirring at the cuff. I think there are 5 or 6 rows. It was pretty straight forward to do - I put elastic thread in my bobbin and normal thread in the needle - as you sew the fabric ruches up. I was pretty sure I had some black shirring elastic but couldn't find it and had to make do with white. Of course as soon as I had completed the whole top I found the black elastic!