Picture of Shirred Summer Dress
Learn how to add shirring to an easy to make summer dress to keep you looking stylish and keep you cool all summer long~
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Here's what you need:
-Cotton fabric (the length that you want your dress + approximately 4" for hems)
-regular thread, elastic thread, wooly nylon thread
-sewing machine

Step 2: Top Hem

Picture of Top Hem
Shirred Dress 3.jpg
Before you do anything you need to pull out your manual for your machine to learn how to do a rolled hem.  I used my serger and added wooly nylon thread to the upper looper.

Step 3:

Picture of
Every machine does this differently so I'm not going to get into settings and plates and all that, just take a look at your machine manual and it will tell you all you need to know.

If you don't want to venture into rolled hem land, just do a regular narrow hem along one end of your fabric.

Step 4: Winding the Bobbin

Picture of Winding the Bobbin
Hand wind your bobbin with your elastic thread, pulling just slightly as you wind.

Step 5: Threading the machine

Picture of Threading the machine
shirred dress 11.jpg
Place your bobbin in your machine as usual.  If you have a quilting arm, insert that now to help you to space your rows of shirring evenly.

Step 6: Shirring

Picture of Shirring
Once you're all set up you can start sewing straight lines of stitching, 1/2" apart to create the bodice of your dress.

Step 7:

Picture of
As you go along your fabric should start to gather itself up and look like this:

This is soo cute! Nice job!

maltesergr82 years ago
Excellent 'ible... Thank you!!

Beth ;)
That is really cute! I love long and flowy dresses!