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Shirr Fun!

Added Jul 25, 2010

by domestic-div...

Orange County, C...




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After seeing so much information online about shirring with elastic thread, I decided to try my hand at it. I made a shirred garment years ago but don’t remember the outcome. As I researched this topic online and in sewing books, I found a lot of conflicting ideas about how to wind the bobbin, stitch length, etc. I tested what I read and came to some interesting conclusions I’m happy to share. In addition, I came up with my own method for shirring fabric, then cutting into the shirring to create the scoop neck and armholes for my white gauze dress without all the elastic threads popping! I used knit ribbing to finish the scoop neck which still allows it to stretch but also gives it stability. Find out how I made this dress – click the link below in credits.

Tip: An easy way to start winding elastic tightly on the bobbin is to thread the elastic through the bobbin hole then secure it with a small piece of thread to the outside. It will hold and allow you to continue winding. Don’t forget to remove the tape before loading the bobbin in the machine.

Material Notes

lightweight gauze




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Evening Wear


Shirr Fun

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    Apr 15, 2011, 09.17 PMby Claire Pritchard

    I really love the idea of shirring ! going to try it myself soon

    This is really good and looks comfy :)

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      Apr 16, 2011, 12.03 AMby domestic-divaonline

      Thank you. it’s very comfy, light weight and cool on hot summer days.

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    Jul 31, 2010, 06.39 AMby milkyway

    I really realli like this technique, but seems difficult!! Your dress looks really nice, lovely color ideal for summer!! how many hours did you spend with the elastic?

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      Jul 31, 2010, 04.19 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thank you! I did the shirring on two different days when I had the opportunity but I didn’t keep track of how many hours it took. If I had to guess, I’d say 3 plus? It really isn’t difficult, just somewhat time consuming.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 07.11 PMby tamezdc

    Oh, this is great! It looks so comfortable too. I would have never thought of cutting armholes for fear of ruining the shirring. The ribbing around the neck looks great.

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      Jul 27, 2010, 05.44 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thanks Tamezdc! I was originally going to sew a strip of clear elastic around the neck then turn it under. But then I thought of the ribbing at the last minute. I like it better.

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    Jul 25, 2010, 12.51 PMby josceline

    Excellent – i’ve been wanting to make a shirred dress but keep getting confused with conflicting info online!! This is really really useful!! Thanks!

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