Next up just sew up the two sides. Leave about 4-5 inches down from the fold-end unsewn – those will be the sleeves:
Then you can just turn under and hem the neckline and sleeves – they should be big enough that you don’t have to worry too much about stretch, but you can use a “stretch” stitch on your sewing machine if you want.
The dress is basically done!! and what was that, 15 minutes? See, super easy. Now, it’s pretty shapeless so we want to bring in the waist a little. If you want, you can always just tie it or belt it. I think it’s super awesome to shir the waist, and you don’t have to be scared of shirring – it’s not hard.
Shirring is just sewing lines with elastic thread in your bobbin. I sewed 5 lines, but you can do as many as you want. It’ll gather up a little as you sew:
But the real magic happens when you shoot it with steam afterwards – it shrinks up and gathers right before your eyes!
And then you get this awesome stretchy gathered waistband –
I can’t believe how easy this dress was to put together – love easy sewing projects like this!
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Anne Weaver says
Love it!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:
i have been looking for something simple to make for me, wold this look to “young” on a person who is older??
oooo I love it!!! I’ve been eyeing the elastic thread I bought FOREVER AGO>… This may be the project to get it off the shelf and into to a garment ;o) pinned!
Love it! I think I might make one for myself like this. Thanks for sewing along!
Vicky C says
This is lovely! Would the pattern work for an adult or would the (admittedly small!) bust be a problem? Xx
I think it’d work for an adult – I would make one for myself. I also think it’d make a great swim coverup. Good luck!
Mary Ann Preckol says
I always wanted to learn shirring. This is a great tutorial. Do you have to have the bobbin wound with elastic? Wish me luck!
Mandy Beyeler says
yep – – the elastic is what pulls in and gathers the elastic, to give it the shirring quality. Good luck!!
Mary Ann Preckol says
What fabric do you reccomend? I am making four all of course differentt sizes.
I love this! It will make a great project for my daughter. Thanks for posting! 🙂