Spring Shirred Dress (w/ Homemade Shirring) & Giveaway

*****This Giveaway is Now Closed********Sorry =)*********

As you have probably guessed,  I love to try new things.  And what better to try them on then my sweet baby girl.  After all, babies pretty much look cute in anything!!

I wanted to learn to make my own shirring or smocking.  It looks awesome and is super expensive at the store.  But it is a great spring and summer look.

Now I can't take credit for learning to shirr fabric on my own.  I found this great link on Pinterest  by Make It -Love It.  And I made it and I love it!  So there you have it.


I started with this great fabric I bought on Fabricworm.  Great little store.  Has the fabrics you'll never see at Joann's.  I cut a piece that was 14 inches by the 45 inches the fabric is from selvage to selvage.

Then I shirred it!  So what does that mean?  Well, first you take elastic thread and wind it around your bobbin.  Then place it in your machine.

Sew like you normally would with regular thread on top and it will start to bunch.

You sew several rows and....


Voila!  You have your own shirred fabric!  

Amazing huh!


Next you steam your new shirred fabric.  This will cause it to bunch up and make it tighter.  

(This was the fun part!  I know that is weird, but it shows you that your hard work sewing paid off.)

Notice how it all bunched up.  Look at the few pictures before and then this one!  It went from 45 inches wide to like 25 inches.  Nice!!!


Next I hemmed the top edge.  By folding over a 1/4 inch.
And another 1/4 inch.  Then sewing it down.  You could do this first, I just did it last.

Then hem the bottom the same way.  1/4 inch and then another 1/4 inch.

It should look like this.

Now, I don't have a picture of this.  Why, I don't know?  But you do need to "close" your dress.  Since my fabric was the 45" wide and my daughter is not that big, I cut my fabric down the middle.  This made the dress about 22" wide.  Then I just sewed down the back seam.  That left enough fabric for a second dress.  We'll discuss that later.


Next, you can add straps.  I did because my little one is too small to be strapless.  I just took a long piece of fabric that was about 2 1/2 inches by 12 inches.

Fold it in half, sew it together and then flip it right side out.

Iron the seam in the middle and then cut it in to two pieces.  It should look like the picture below.

Then finish the edges.

Finally, pin on your straps and sew them down.

Now you are finished!  You'll have a cute dress just like this one.  The nice thing is, it will work for any size!!!  You have a 4 year old, a 10 year old?  All you have to do is add length.  Just shirr the 45" across and make sure your fabric piece is long enough to cover what you want covered.  

You could make a dress, a shirt, a skirt, a cover-up for a bathing suit!  Anything you want.  You just need to know how much shirring to go around and then length you want.  No pattern needed.

Now back to the fact that I had extra fabric.  I decided to make a second dress.

Aren't they so cute together?  So what am I to do with 2 dresses?  I only need one!  So that is where the GIVEAWAY comes in.

Yes, that is correct!  I am giving away the 2nd Spring Shirred Dress!!  It would be a baby size 0-3 months (just so you know).

Really?  YES!!

So you want to win?  What do you have to do?

First, leave a comment here on this post.  Tell me why you should win this cute dress.  
Second, grab the Pattern Party Button and add it to your blog somewhere. 
Third, make sure to be a follower here on the blog and on PINTEREST.

Nothing to drastic!  The Giveaway will close on March 10th at Midnight.  The winner will be announced on March 12th with the Top Five winners of the Pattern Party.  

So leave your comment now!

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  1. Cool blog! I just found you on gingerly made & subscribed:)

  2. Cute! This would be the perfect gift for a little baby I know ;)
    I would like to try smocking some day too!

  3. I should win because i just found out I'm having a girl due in July.


  4. I follow on Pinterest.


  5. I LOVE cute stuff that is easy to do!! I also love your ironing board cover :) We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there!!

  6. I would love to win for my new niece due in june!! Thanks!


  7. Adorable dress (and even cuter model!) great fabric choice. -Jen www.eatsleepmake.com

  8. So adorable! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  9. That is so super sweet! I've never shirred before because I assumed it would be too difficult. Thank you for taking the intimidation factor out of it!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  10. Oh my goodness! How adorable is this?!? I am pregnant with my second child right now and it is a girl! I am so excited but so intimidated as far as making cute clothes for her. This is absolutely adorable and I would love to be entered to win it!



  11. I follow your blog as Jessie and on Pinterest as Jessica Hornibrook.