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Shirring is two or more rows of gathers used to decorate parts of garments.


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Comment by Cheryl on August 2, 2011 at 10:24am
For those who want to know how wide to cut the bodice -- consider the WEIGHT of the fabric you want to shir.  If it is really light and floaty fabric, the elastic bobbin thread will probably be able to "shrink" the breadth of the garment piece by 50%.  But if it is a bit more substantial you might be better off only adding half as much (1 additional bust/chest measurement) to the center front of your pattern pieces.  And you could, if it is compatible with the pattern style, just shir the front half or the back half of a garment, in which case you'd only want to increase the size of the piece for that portion of the garment. 
Comment by Sandy Sparks on March 3, 2011 at 3:20pm
For those that want to know how wide to cut the bodice....The instructions I have says to make it 2 times the bust/chest measurement. Hope that helps!
Comment by Kivia Brown on March 3, 2011 at 3:04pm
great tutorial thank you very much
Comment by Rita on February 28, 2011 at 3:51pm

Great tutorial you show it real well and make it look so easy.

Thank you.

Comment by Rachel Ross on February 28, 2011 at 11:01am
i have the same question as joanne macfarlane.  thanks!!!  great tutorial!!  didn't know how to do this before.
Comment by Gail Grange on February 28, 2011 at 10:39am
Great thank you very much. x
Comment by joanne on February 28, 2011 at 9:54am
Very nice tutorial.  I love shirring.  If I use a pattern with a regular bodice and want to shir it, how much wider should I cut the bodice to allow for shirring?
Comment by Angee Barbe on February 28, 2011 at 7:21am
That's really cool.  I never knew what shirring was until now.  I think I might have to try that.  thanks for sharing with us newbies! ;)
Comment by Sandy Sparks on February 28, 2011 at 7:06am
Great tutorial!

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