Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shirred dress/top tutorial

Last week I made this shirred dress for my dd. You can make this in just half hour time. No draft... easy. I am sharing it with the photos, so that you can make one if you wish...

Take the fabric piece of breadth 40 inches(double the chest measurement) and length as you wish.

Hem the edge...

Fold the other edge twice and press. You can make a stitch over it if needed, but I have not.

Now, the shoulder straps...

Take a strip of cloth 4 inches wide and 18 inches long.
1. Fold it and stitch along the side.
2. you will get a fabric tube
3. Turn it inside out.
4. Press it.
5. Cut it in to two equal parts, the shoulder straps are ready.

Pin the shoulder straps to the dress (at the edge folded and pressed) as shown...

To attach the shoulder straps, fold the dress, mark 5 inches from the sides and pin the straps...Do the same for the back side also.

I have marked lines to make my stitches straight. I have stitched 5 lines from the top each 2 inches apart. you can decrease this to have more shirring.

Now load your bobbin with the bobbin elastic and first stitch the top most edge where we have attached the shoulder strap.

Stitch the other lines in the same way... Join the sides...
And the dress is ready to wear. Isn't it so simple?

* If you don't have enough cloth then you can cut two pieces, back and front.
But join them before you stitch the hem, to get a neat finish.

* You can reduce the length and make it as a top,to match legging or even a jeans pant

* You can add ruffles or laces to the hem to enhance its beauty.

*While shirring don't forget to back stitch  at the beginning and at the end to secure the stitches.

Hope I am clear with the steps, if not feel free to ask me ...
Next post will the banded yoke top tutorial, so keep watching...
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  1. Such a lovely tutorial. I dare not try it though- I am someone who struggles to stitch a button !!

  2. Nice dress and cute little tute! Shirred dresses are so easy to make arent they? But there is one catch though, at times machine seems to act wierd after shirring, may be it has to do with tension getting adjusted due to elastic thread! have you experienced that?

  3. That's lovely thendral...Kavin looks pretty in her new dress

  4. After a long gap I am entering here.
    All the creations are very nice. The tutorial will sure help people to try out.
    By the by I love your kutty angle(I dont have grand daughter only 2 grandsons).
    My hugs and kisses to the little one.

  5. its really nice to view ur blog.. beautiful snaps of ur daughter...

    nice work... keep going...

  6. Its really nice to visit ur blog... easy steps... even iam thinking to go 4 tailoring class...

    cute snap of ur daughter....

  7. Your daughter is lovely and what a lucky little girl to get such gorgeous dresses:):) Very easy tutorial.

  8. Cute! Pinning this one for later. :)

  9. What a wonderful tutorial and the "model" is really lovely! Thanks for your sharing!
    Also thank you very much for your kind words and precious prayers on my father's health and my family. That meant a lot to me.
    Hope you and your loved ones have a great day!
    Best wishes,
    LS, xo

  10. The dress is adorable and your daughter is so sweet!

  11. Your little one is super cute!! the dress is adorable too... You are a bundle of talent.. really!! I cant stitch to save my life.. :-)

    Thank you for linking in this week.. Hope you have a lovely week ahead!!

  12. wow i love the dress! it looks adorable on your daughter!

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Beautiful. I love it. You always make such pretty dresses and your daughter is very lucky.


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