Shirring or smocking is a very easy method that I've used for my blue blue dress and my floral summer dress among other things. I'll try to explain how you make it, but my english isn't that good, so just ask if there is something you don't undersand!

Technique Materials

elastic thread, an empty bobbin(?) and a fabric (not to heavy)

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    Apr 1, 2014, 02.06 PMby imgrinc

    I will follow all the steps. for sure I can do it myself! But, first, I should study more in order to learn how to do it!

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    Jan 11, 2012, 10.35 PMby Stitcher75

    You make this look so easy! Do you need to adjust the bobbin tension or does the stretching take care of that?

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      Jan 11, 2012, 10.54 PMby lizah

      nope, you don’t have to adjust the tension. it might be different on different machines though, but I think it will work on most of them :)

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    Aug 7, 2010, 06.14 PMby nova-1

    Thanks for this tutorial, it really helped me out! I only had one question, when you start to sew your lines, do you go backwards first? Or do you just leave it and string the ends together later? If that is so, wont they slip out of the line, then?

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    Jul 5, 2010, 07.21 PMby domestic-divaonline

    I can’t wait to try this. Just bought a bunch of lightweight gauze for some tropical vacation clothes and I have several designs I want to try the shirring on. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Jun 10, 2010, 12.30 AMby uniqueplus

    I’m intrigued with these instructions however need a bit of help. I am a very large woman (3X) and I would like to make a lightweight cotton/jersey sundress just to wear around the house and garden. Can anyone suggest how much fabric to use to end up with the finished shirring? Thank you. Kim

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    May 25, 2010, 10.12 PMby inaida

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!! I made a top and it was GREAT!!! Tack!!!! ;)

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    May 10, 2010, 01.16 PMby dina-zg

    i tride it and its very good

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