Earlier this week, as my princess was napping peacefully in my arms, I was browsing Pinterest on my phone as I usually do. I came across this tutorial for shirring. I had never heard that word before. Never ever. But apparently it's a thing and everyone but me knows about it. Turns out, it's smocking with elastic thread. Blam-o.
As soon as I started reading how to do this awesome new-to-me technique, I knew I HAD to make a fun summery dress for K.
I found myself at Hobby Lobby today, finishing up hubby's Father's Day present (I know, I know. I'm mad at myself for finishing it so early - it's so GOOD and I have to hide it for so long! Will post about it later) and I saw THE perfect fabric for the dress. I have a hard time passing up a good fabric that's on sale, so it came home with us to sacrifice itself in the name of summer on my sewing table.
After a few trial and error attempts, some machine and bobbin adjustments, and several scrap pieces later, I finally had it down. (If you are doing this for the first time, do a few test runs on scrap fabric - trust me.)
I cut my fabric according to the tutorial, hemmed the top, and started shirring! After I shirred the desired amount of rows, I finished the side seam and hemmed the bottom to the desired length. Then made some straps with button holes (adjustable straps = ❤️) and viola!!
Not bad for one night's work!
If you're looking for a super easy, adorable dress to make for your little princess or just want to learn a new technique (I mainly said that last part because I'm holding out hope that someone out there is like me and didn't know what in the world shirring was!!), head on over to the Make It Love It page and give it a try!