Learn how to add shirring to an easy to make summer dress to keep you looking stylish and keep you cool all summer long~
Step 1: 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
Step 2: Top Hem
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.
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
Hand wind your bobbin with your elastic thread, pulling just slightly as you wind.
Step 5: Threading the machine
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
Once you're all set up you can start sewing straight lines of stitching, 1/2" apart to create the bodice of your dress.
As you go along your fabric should start to gather itself up and look like this: