Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Almost Done: The Reversible Shirred Skirt

I haven't had much actual sewing time lately, what with my sewing machine troubles and the childbirth classes and the apartment-decluttering rampage. But! I finally got some time in yesterday morning and finished my endless rows of shirring. (Which, as Heather discovered, can be a SLOW, BORING and PAINFUL process--sorry Heather!)

The above image is what it looked like after I attached the two skirts together at the waist. I just have to tack them together and hem it now. AND I'm happy to report the stretch fit is perfect--it looks just like my sketch, and should still work post-preggo, too.

Reversible Shirred Skirt Sketch


  1. It looks great! I'm excited to see the final product. I feel that way about shirring, and I'll dare to say it--about quilting too. The only solace I find in long slow boring tasks is the end result. Did you decide on zigzagging over a piece of elastic for your method of shirring?

  2. Wow, that looks great. So what, does one fold over the other? It's amazing how close it looks to your illustration.

  3. Yeah, shirring is SOOOO boring... and I think I did about 64 rows of it for this, each 32" long. SOOO boring.

    And yes Peter, one skirt tucks inside the other, sort of as if it were a lining. Which is good, because both fabrics are a bit see-through on their own.

  4. Looks awesome! 64 rows of shirring? I bow to your patience.

  5. That's an awesome skirt! Great job!!

  6. Looks like your patience and boredom paid off!

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  8. You deserve some sort of award for all that shirring! I've decided I may scour thrift shops for a cheap machine that could tolerate elastic thread. There's just something so enticing about it...

    Either that or I've lost my mind. Whatever.


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