Shirring : sh er
gather (an area of fabric or part of a garment) by means of drawn or elasticized threads in parallel rows.
Shirring is a technique that I hadn't gotten the to try yet. &today when I was using an old set of flannel sheets to sew cloth baby wipes for Archer, I came across this pillowcase& thought decided to take a break from sewing square after square after square... etc.
I wanted to use the pillowcase to make Lily a dress. I wasn't sure what style, and I haven't ever sewn her a maxi before.. but what the heck. I'm trying new things today right?
After shirring the open end of the pillowcase, I tried it on her & she loved the length. I easily hemmed the bottom after cutting it open of course, then added the white ribbon for straps so it wouldn't keep falling down...
Wa-la! looks great!
I was nervous about her trying to stretch it out too much and ripping the shirring so I ran my sewing machine perpendicular to the shirring in some spot... that way if she rips it, it might not completely unravel.
She donned this day her wedding day& skipped/twirled/danced around the house for 20 minutes. That's about all I can ask for ... <3