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Date: 9/13/12 7:10 AM

hi guys- this is my first question here so i hope i get a good few responses ok, there are a million tutorials online for shirred dresses and most of them are really good, but i still have 2 questions:

1. has anyone ever seen a shirred dress with SLEEVES or sleeveless as opposed to narrow straps or strapless?? i ask because i don't really wear strapless or narrow straps (skinny shoulders and protruding collarbones- not my best feature) but reaaaaly wanna make a shirred dress. but i suspect that shirring shows more with less/zero straps.
2. do you people cut the whole thing as a rectangle basically? i like a-line shape in most clothes. so feminine and flattering, and would like to know if must cut with a flare, (or maybe a ruffled hemline?) or the shirring will take care of that since it hugs the bust anyway. to specify, i like the look of :

http://15dollarstore.com/p/cute-options ... 7750753761

and

http://luxuryquarter.com/index.php?gOo= ... oductname=

but not this:

http://www.asos.com/Asos-Africa/Asos-Af ... iid=966384

any tips for me? thanks a bunch everyone
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-- Edited on 9/13/12 7:13 AM --

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Date: 9/13/12 9:29 AM

I make a lot for my GD's.
Fast and fun once you try them! Practice first on waist-length scraps, usually the ratio is twice the chest size. Shirring will make it balloon out so you don't need A-line shape, but a wide added ruffle bottom gives more flounce. Choose not-heavy fabrics or the dress will get bulky and won't drape.
**Also, leave a wider folded edge than given before starting your shirring. If you sew 4 straps onto/over the elasticized portion later, you will lose some of that stretch an adult needs for the bust.

A couple of wider strap photo ideas for young girls that might work for you:
www.tadacreations.blogspot.com (2010/04)

blog.spoonflower.com/2012/07/sundress-tutorial.html

I also use a pattern with a half-circle ruffled cap sleeve which goes over the shoulder and looks a little dressier.

For girls size, it's a 7x16" piece for one sleeve cap:

Fold right sides together lengthwise, round off 2 fold corners to make a half-circle shape, sew curved sides RST, notch curves, turn RSO and iron. Fold and iron straight edges over 1/4" and again 1/2" and stitch a narrow tunnel for elastic, run long 1/4" elastic thru, don't cut it off yet. When you pull ends up, you will see a nice ruffled cap sleeve. Pin onto back edge of dress with curved edge toward shoulder. Pull cap over shoulder to front to determine length of elastic and placement. Measure 2nd cap so it's the same. Then stitch across ends on both caps to secure elastics and trim off. Finally, tuck and stitch 4 ends of caps inside onto 4 strap points of dress with tunnel down and curved edges out.

On a girls size, the ends are sewn onto the dress 3" IN from the back center, then further out on the front edges for them to keep it on, but for an adult it's usually about even on front and back.

** For adult size, try this in a scrap DOUBLED in length and whatever width you want (+ inches for seams and tunnel) and see if it works to give you coverage. If it's too ruffly, shorten the length and recut the cap. Sometimes these wider ones all work to cover bra straps too.

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Date: 9/13/12 9:52 AM

No dress pattern advice, but long, long ago when I was practicing shirring, I made little tube tops sized to go around my plant pots.

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Date: 9/13/12 10:25 AM

Quote: tourist
No dress pattern advice, but long, long ago when I was practicing shirring, I made little tube tops sized to go around my plant pots.

Happy to see I am not the only one who sews for pot!

That's flower pots and not weed!

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Date: 9/13/12 10:33 AM

Quote: robin623
hi guys- this is my first question here so i hope i get a good few responses ok, there are a million tutorials online for shirred dresses and most of them are really good, but i still have 2 questions:

1. has anyone ever seen a shirred dress with SLEEVES or sleeveless as opposed to narrow straps or strapless?? i ask because i don't really wear strapless or narrow straps (skinny shoulders and protruding collarbones- not my best feature) but reaaaaly wanna make a shirred dress. but i suspect that shirring shows more with less/zero straps.

2. do you people cut the whole thing as a rectangle basically? i like a-line shape in most clothes. so feminine and flattering, and would like to know if must cut with a flare, (or maybe a ruffled hemline?) or the shirring will take care of that since it hugs the bust anyway. to specify, i like the look of :

http://15dollarstore.com/p/cute-options ... 7750753761 and

http://luxuryquarter.com/index.php?gOo= ... oductname= but not this:

http://www.asos.com/Asos-Africa/Asos-Af ... iid=966384

any tips for me? thanks a bunch everyone

-- Edited on 9/13/12 7:11 AM -- .
-- Edited on 9/13/12 7:13 AM --




There will be a few suggestions that will help you get on the right track to a successful project.

I don't do that much shirring, but I do post a lot of links.

Here is a quick way: Copy link; Select http:// from the access keys across the message screen; Paste and select Okay; Give it a name and select Okay.

Then you will get this: (1) Cute Options and (3) African Print. Couldn't find the second site you provided.

-- Edited on 9/13/12 10:47 AM --

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Date: 9/14/12 11:00 AM

Shirring is a lovely detail you can add to garments in many ways. You are not limited to shirring an entire bodice as in the African Print dress. Just do a Google image search with the word "shirring" and look at the many images that pop up. You will see it used as a spot treatment on shoulders, sleeves, necklines, etc. to draw in extra fabric in a graceful way.

It looks to me like the sundress you like from the 15 dollar store uses the shirring only for decorative effect on the front of the bodice, which looks like it might be constructed of pre-shirred fabric attached to an underlining that is shaped to fit like a regular bodice and then on the back, the shirring is used in the more usual way, to achieve a body-hugging fit through the upper torso, although the entire dress is apparently loose enough to require a tie at the waist to cinch it in, a dead giveaway that most of the shirring detail is just for show. If I was going to the trouble to do all that shirring, I'd use it for the snug but still comfy fit it gives.

I had a favorite sundress that was made this way years ago, with the front shaping achieved with darts and shirring all across the back. It was flattering and comfortable. It shouldn't be too hard to find a sundress pattern that would lend itself to this treatment: construct the front and attach it to a shirred back panel.

More recently I used shirring just on the sides of a shirtdress to give it some shaping through the waist and that worked well also.

Once you practice and learn the technique, I'm sure you will find many ways to use it.

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