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Shirred summer-dress for Julia

Added Aug 1, 2010

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






I’ve wanted to try making a simple machine-shirred dress for my niece Julia for a while. The kind where you put elastic thread in the bobbin of your sewing machine (just roll it up by hand, stretching it slightly) and sew parallell lines along the width of the fabric, which makes the material scrunch up and become elastic.
I finally found the time!
I winged it a bit, I began with the shirring, then cut the “sleeves” off, added binding to the edges – that extends into straps – and hemmed it. Julia had told me what length she wanted it so I followed her wish. The top of it, above the shirring, is simply zig-zagged along the edge, with tiny stitches, I wanted the edge as flexible as possible, without any bulk.
It turned out ok, I will try shirring again (it was fun), and Julia liked it, so I’m happy with it!
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Material Notes

Gingham cotton




Garment Type

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    Aug 5, 2010, 08.08 AMby kathmaryb

    I love it-I made a similar one for my grandaughter a few weeks ago-seeing yours has inspired me to make another one(or two)

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    Aug 2, 2010, 03.41 PMby tamezdc

    Lovely, lovely!! I will be making another shirred dress soon. I made one previously for my little sister and, like you, I thought it was a lot of fun!!

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    Aug 1, 2010, 10.32 PMby aceshey18

    I love it! I want to make two of these for my daughters. I have tried shirring a bit but it was not strechy enough. I will have to keep trying though, I want to make these adorable dresses for our summer holiday!

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