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Many people asked about how I shirred the jersey along the neckline of my take on the Lydia pattern. Hopefully this tutorial will explain it a bit!!

Before you cut out your jersey, if your pattern does not have the extra fabric for the shirring, you need to add it in. For my dress, I added 3½” along the center front fold (which meant there was 7” of ease added to the CF). For more fullness, or a wider section of gathering, just add more. I ended up with about 5” of shirring. I guessed and just got lucky on my first try! But I’d definitely recommend experimenting with a scrap of your knit material to see what the length to gathers ratio is.

[Note: you can see my Lydia variation here:]


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