Fashion Inspiration: Shirring Elastic

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Apologies if this blog post is on the 'sew heavy' side, but inspiration beckons, and it must be shared!  Today's topic, is 'shirring', which relates to a sewing technique using elasticated thread to shape a garment, done by stitching rows onto fabric.


Fig. 32.
I've not yet ventured into shirring myself yet, but let me tell you, I'm off to find myself some elastic thread this week, with a refashioned top half complete, and a handful of inspirational refashions involving shirring below.

DIY Zipper Ruffle Shirred Shirt

From this boring old shirt...

... to this nifty fitted top..

full tutorial found on countrywomanmagazine

Man's Asymmetrical Shirt Refashion with Shirred Back

Another boring old shirt.. a fantastic asymmetrical tuck fronted top, 
with shirring added for fit around the waist at the back

As seen on Sewing Princess

T-shirt Side Gathering Refashion

Large man's t-shirt, into fitted top with side shirred gathering

full tutorial seen on Sugar Bee Crafts

Adult T-shirt to Child Dress

From this...

.. to this

Full tutorial found on Create and Delegate

Button Up Shirt Refashion 

This particular refashion was designed as a maternity top, with shirred back

Full tutorial on megan nielsen design diary

For more online shirring tutorials, there is a smock tutorial here, another one here, and another tutorial here. I can't wait to give shirring a whirl on some of my own refashion projects.



Hilary said...

oooooooooo ... what great ideas! Thrift shop here I come!

AdinB said...

I have quite a few clothes that needed alterion and all I had to do was to use shirring method. It's awesome!

Stacey said...

I've really wanted to have a go at shirring for a while...maybe this is just the inspiration I need!

Ahka Vintage said...

I only just learnt to do shirring - I was so surprised at how easy it was to do! This is a great idea - I like the shirt shirring - it works really well! xx
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