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Shirred Summer Dress

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Learn how to add shirring to an easy to make summer dress to keep you looking stylish and keep you cool all summer long~
 
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Step 1: Materials

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

Step 2: Top Hem

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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:

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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

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Hand wind your bobbin with your elastic thread, pulling just slightly as you wind.

Step 5: Threading the machine

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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

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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:

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As you go along your fabric should start to gather itself up and look like this:
Excellent 'ible... Thank you!!

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