Have you coveted the elastic stirring trend this season? I discovered the best thing since sliced bread….and it’s elastic thread. Haven’t you adored those puckered necklines that normally only crewcuts gets to boast? This easy shirring tutorial really is the best and easiest way to make an easy summery dress. I love the stretchy top for its comfort and feminine design. It is so easy to love a comfortable summer dress.
I love the addition of the tie top on the dress, I think it adds a subtle detail while adding functionality.
I was going to make y’all a video tutorial, but I found this I one online that is by one of my favorite fellow DIYers. : Geneva from A Pair & A Spare
1.5 yards of fabric ( I used seersucker)
Elastic thread (one spool)
Bobbin for elastic thread *
- Measure you bust and multiply this measurement by 1.5. Now measure the length of your dress. Cut to create a rectangle by these measurements.
- Put the elastic thread on the bobbin by hand or by machine (whichever is your preference). Load elastic thread into the bottom of the machine & all purpose thread through the top or needle.
- Sew straight (along bust measurement) across taking extra care to backstitch on the ends. Repeat with 1/2 inch gap between rows until you reach the desired length of the puckered top of the garment. It will take a few rows to create te puckered effect.
- Iron the puckered area on high heat to set the ripples.
- Now, sew down lengthways to create a tube.
- Create the straps by cutting 4 strips ~16′ long and 4″ wide. Fold in half “hot dog” style, sew, flip & press. Sew each strap onto desired area along hem.
If you need more a visual, please head over to Geneva’s tutorial here.
& if you’re not CrafDIY like me you can get the same look here: