Shirring is a great technique to spruce up any old fabric while adding some serious visual interest without a lot of effort. Think of it as "cheating surface embellishment."Here's how it's done:
•Just take a bit of your favorite plain Jane fabric, about 10" X 20".
•Set your sewing machine stitch length to "loosey loosey" (3.5 or 4, depending on your machine)
• Sew parallel, horizontal rows of stitching on the long side of the fabric, 1/8" apart.
• GATHER! Secure the threads on the” pulling side” to hold the shirring in place. Do this either by sewing a line across all the stitching, or by making knots in the thread.
The result: a visual playground of puffing between the lines!
If desired, use this technique on the front of your doll's dress bodice.
Alternatively, make a much larger sample- enough to fit all the pattern pieces of an entire dress, jacket, or whatever.
Go to town and use different colored thread if you like. You'll be amazed at how you can transform a simple fabric into something fantastic.
*This little tip is based on a tutorial from from the
Tikvah pattern. I hope you enjoy it! :-)