Shirred dress for girls and women

Added Nov 10, 2010

by jorth

Melbourne, Austr...

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Things you will need:
Fabric of your choice (I suggest a lightweight cotton, as you don’t want anything too heavy for a shirred dress)
Elastic thread
1cm wide elastic
Matching thread

Firstly you need to measure how much fabric you will need. I measured around Grumble’s torso, and then multiplied that measurement by two plus seam allowances to get the total width of the dress. The shirred part will stretch over to fit the bust nicely, without feeling too tight.

Here are the standard torso measurements for children, based on Australian Standards:

Children’s Measurements
Size Age Height Chest
2 2 – 3 years 92cm 56cm
3 3 – 4 years 100cm 58cm
4 4 – 5 years 108cm 60cm
5 5 – 6 years 115cm 62cm
6 6 – 7 years 120cm 64cm
7 7 – 8 years 125cm 66cm
8 8 – 9 years 130 – 140cm 68cm
10 10 – 11 years 140 – 150cm 74 – 80cm
11 11 – 12 years 150 – 160cm 80 – 86cm
12 12 – 13 years 155 – 160cm 86 – 90cm
13 13 – 14 years 160 – 165cm 90 – 95cm
14 14 – 15 years 165 – 170cm 95 – 100cm

Or, if you decide you’d rather make a shirred dress for yourself, here are the standard women’s measurements, based on Australian Standards:

Women’s Measurements
Size Bust Waist Hip
XS 75 – 80cm 56 – 61cm 84 – 88cm
S 82 – 87cm 61 – 66cm 88 – 93cm
M 92 – 97cm 71 – 76cm 98 – 103cm
L 102 – 109cm 81 – 88cm 108 – 115cm
XL 115 – 121cm 94 – 100cm 121 – 127cm

Firstly you’ll need to figure out your torso measurement, and then double that. For example, Grumbles had a torso measurement of 68cm. Multiplying that by two gives you 136cm. Adding seam allowances of 2cm to each side makes it 140cm. You’ll be cutting out a front and a back, so divide that figure by two to get the width of each piece. In this case it is 70cm.

I decided that I wanted the dress to be mid-calf in length, so measured Grumbles once more. The resulting measurement was 65cm, from top of bust line to mid-calf. Adding 5cm for seam and casing allowances gave me a final figure of 70cm.

So my final pattern piece for both front and back was 70cm wide and 70cm long. Once you’ve figured yours out, cut two of these.

Hooray! The maths part is over. Let’s move on to some actual sewing!

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