Step 1: Materials
-Cotton fabric (the length that you want your dress + approximately 4" for hems)
-regular thread, elastic thread, wooly nylon thread
Step 2: Top Hem
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
Step 5: Threading the Machine
Step 6: Shirring
In all likelihood, you had some lines of elastic stitching that started or stopped in the middle of your line. That's OK. Just pull from the start of the stitching, making sure to knot it when you're done.
WARNING: Do not get carried away and pull your stitching way, way, way too much....like maybe I did. Also, don't start pulling your threads until you've finished sewing ALL of your lines. If you do, continuing to add lines will become more and more challenging....again, I may have learned this the hard way. Come one, gathering is fun though right? It's easy to lose control~
Also...DO NOT CUT your elastic bobbin thread until you are absolutely sure your bodice is going to fit around your body. Yeah, yeah, OK, add that to my list of learnings from this project that I got the hard way.
Step 9: Creating the Dress
Make sure to leave an opening from about the knee area down (unless you're going for something ultra sexy and then you can go as high as you want). If you don't leave an opening, it may be difficult to walk in this dress, and you may end up looking a bit like a well dressed up penguin...and that's just not so attractive in the middle of summer~