You know that scene in The Incredibles where Edna tells Helen, “This has completely consumed my life, dahling”? I’m starting to feel that way about shirring. (Edna is my favorite character in that movie, by the way.)
Last week I was working on a custom top for a friend, and she wanted a small section in the back to be a little bit gathered somehow. I hadn’t tried shirring before, but that’s what came to mind. Luckily, Disney of Ruffles and Stuff has an amazing tutorial — and extra-luckily, shirring is really, really easy; it’s honestly no different than sewing straight lines.
Other than the basic how-to, there’s one other thing you need to know about shirring: it will make you want to shirr up pretty much everything in your closet. It’s fairly dangerous.
So I’m trying to replicate a top I got at Forever 21 last summer that I absolutely love, but is a teensy bit low-cut for my taste. For the fabric, I pulled out a sheet from my stash that looks like a Liberty print. Does anyone know if there’s a way to tell for sure? The sheet is very well-loved and is really faded in some places, but I love those flowers. I got through shirring the front piece before I ran out of elastic thread; I’m going out to buy some more today and will shirr the back piece tonight.
Any interest out there in a tutorial for a shirred top with sleeves?