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Fun with Shirring

Added Nov 15, 2009

by smallone

San Francisco, C...






I’ve never shirred before and had no idea how easy it was…thanks to MadeleineFashion http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/fabric-manipulation-dress – for the tip and inspiration, and to ElegantMusings for her how-to http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/shirring-smocking-jersey

decided to take a basic t-shirt and see what I could do with it. Took a pattern from my fav short sleeved T, some left over cotton jersey and voila …

I added 2 inches at the center front and sleeve header to allow for shirring. I actually meant to shirr the sleeves at the header not at the hem but got all downside-up and didnt realized until I was done shirring that I’s shirred the wrong edge…so I decide to run with it and gathered the sleeve caps instead.

side seams on this are currently based together…and I can see from the pics I need to let them out a little…but all round fun project will definitely shirr again.

Material Notes

nice thick cotton jersey



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Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic

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    Mar 8, 2010, 06.10 PMby mendel2803

    This looks great – I just bought some shirring elastic to try out for the first time.

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    Nov 17, 2009, 01.45 AMby sewneenee

    shirring is fun!! your top turned out so cute

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    Nov 15, 2009, 08.15 AMby judeb

    Looks great, love the way the sleeves turned out, I haven’t done shirring for years, must get back to it.

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