Last week I shared about getting your gathers even, but I forgot to take a picture of my other gathering tip....how to keep the gathers from loosening up and coming undone at the ends of your piece.
So you've pulled your basting thread up and pinned your gathers in place. One of the comments in my last post suggested tying the two threads together to keep the gathers from falling out, and that works really well too, but here's what I do, and it's even faster then tying the threads together.
Put a pin right at the end of your row of gathers and then take the long threads you pulled to create the gathers and wind them around the pin in a figure 8 pattern. Go around a few times to secure it.
Then, push the pin head down onto the threads wound around it and wala! Your gathers will stay in place. It's also easy to unwind and re-adjust if you find you need them looser or tighter as you continue to even the gathers out.
These particular gathers were on the ruffly sleeves of this vintage 1970s pattern.
I decorated the front with orange rick-rack from my garage sale stash.
The fabric is a vintage linen type material that also came from a garage sale. There was just enough to make this top for Marie!