Pinteractive: Shirred Summer Dress

I sewed my first article of clothing!

Inspired by this pin (25 tutorials for baby summer dresses), I decided to try my hand at the Sweet Shirred Summer Dress (featured on Prudent Baby… I love that site!).

I didn’t take any photos of the process.  Sorry about that.  But if you click the tutorial that I linked above, they did a really good job of outlining the steps (and including photos!).

I was actually setting out to make a maxi skirt for myself when I decided to tackle a sewing project.  The maxi skirt tutorial called for elastic thread.  I was a little nervous about using elastic thread but Prudent Baby made a great suggestion.  So in case you’re curious, because I have a sewing machine with a “drop-in bobbin” (and I have no idea what that really means… I looked up the specs on my sewing machine to confirm that it was a “drop-in”) – I couldn’t hand wind the bobbin like most of the tutorials suggested.  Prudent Baby said to machine wind the bobbin but set the stitch length to 3.5.  That was PERFECT.


I made a little skirt for AM with some jersey knit fabric that I had intended for me (but I didn’t buy enough).  But I totally f’ed up the skirt.  However, it gave me confidence to work with elastic thread.  But I still didn’t want to tackle my maxi skirt.  I bought new fabric for the maxi skirt but let me tell you… jersey fabric is not easy to sew.
Shirred Toddler Dress

The fabric I used was an old crib sheet.  We were gifted this crib sheet and I accidently ripped it trying to put it on the mattress.  But in my crazy “I hate waste” mind, I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the sheet.  I knew I’d find a way to repurpose it and I’m so happy that I did.

Shirred Toddler Dress

I ran into some difficulty sizing this dress.  Shirring fabric entails bunching fabric together.  The pattern recommended cutting the fabric to be 1.5 to 2 times the width of the actual size we wanted the dress.  And I did that.  But it was huge.  I had to cut this dress down twice and even so, I feel that the top is a little too wide.

Inside of elastic thread
This is what the inside of the fabric looked like with the elastic thread.

Oh – and this was the first time I tried to sew with bias tape (double fold).  I definitely winged it and while one side looks pretty good, the other side is pretty bad.  I read some tutorials on sewing on bias tape (after I had completed this dress) and realized I did it all wrong.  Oh well!

And here’s the lovely model…
Modeling new dress

She loves playing with the remote controls.

Model pose

A little over the shoulder glance?  She’s a natural model!

Modeling new dress

I realize it is probably weird that I’m snapping photos of her in the bathroom.  I probably should’ve chosen a more appropriate location.


Playing peekaboo.  Hiding…


I’m probably going to make another one of these dresses in different fabric and I’m hoping that it won’t take me several hours/days to complete.



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6 responses to “Pinteractive: Shirred Summer Dress

  1. that is really cute! I love that you used a crib sheet for this dress. I’m attempting my first shirred dress, and I’m worried about how to know how much fabric to use on the top, as well. I hope that mine works out ok!

  2. monsterawr

    I have no idea what you’re talking about with the scrunching and the bias tape and shit. However, the finished product looks ADORABLE on the little AM monkey. And I love the idea of using an old ripped sheet. Look at you being all crafty!

  3. Amber

    I love the dress! She looks so cute in it.

  4. I love the dress – so cute!

    And what is it with babies who love to play in the bathroom? Meeka does this too – she absolutely loves to be in there, slapping the toilet (I guess it makes a fun sound?) and unrolling the toilet paper, etc etc…

  5. You’re amazing, that is so cute!

  6. Elisabeth

    Hi, I randomly stumbled across your blog while trying to find a tutorial for a shirred sundress. I live in Canton on the eastern side of Patt Park and have a 3 year old daughter. Always love to learn of other crafty people in the neighborhood!

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