Today I want to show you a quick but cute embellishment idea! This tutorial for making a shirred (neck) or waist band is a fun way to add some interest to a dress. Learn how to make it in way under one hour and in only 6 steps!
Whether you make it to embellish a t-shirt’s neckline with or add it to a dress as a belt, this shirred band uses up some of your fabric scraps too!
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For this example I used a t-shirt dress (made from THIS pattern) but you can use a store bought one just as well.
For the shirred band you would want to use woven cotton or knit fabric. You need a serger to achieve the adorable rolled hems! If you have a serger but have never done a rolled hem then check out this great (affiliate link) Beginner Serging Course!
Gather your materials
- ready made or custom made dress with a divided waist
- sewing machine
- straight pins
- elastic thread
- measuring tape
Follow this 6-step tutorial
- Measure the width of the waist
- Cut 2 strips of fabric (2″ wide for babies and up to 4″ wide for larger sizes) and twice as long as the waist measures. For example, if your dress width is 10″ wide from side to side you want to cut your band to 20″.
- Serge top and bottom edge of both strips
- Place both strips with right sides together and sew then serge both sides’ edges
- You have a tube now which you want to shirr all the way around, starting at the top edge about 1/2 inch down. Sew several rows with a distance of half a presser foot or slightly less and leave 1/2 inch of the 2″ band and 1″ of the 3-4″ band unsewn.
- Insert dress into the band pin in place so that the seam of the dress is in the center of the band then sew using a small zigzag stitch along the first row and the last row of the elastic thread.
Your shirred waist band is done!
Here is an example of how cute the shirred band looks around a neckline!
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Lou Lou Girls says
Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls