It’s shirr magic! Elastic shirring creates a wonderful stretchy texture and is the perfect warm weather technique. It occupies the space between the simplicity of gathering and the intricacy of Hand-smocking. We’ve pulled together links to our full step-by-step tutorial plus three shirring projects: a flirty little top plus a full length sundress for both big and little girls. We think you’ll find it fun to learn and easy to do.

Learn the technique

Your first step is to check out our full tutorial that details four different shirring options, showing you all the steps as well as reviewing fabric type considerations and tips for determining width and length.

Go to our shirring tutorial

Now that you have your skill set and your elastic Thread in Hand, pick one of our three projects to give shirring a shot.  

Shirred Sun Top 

Designed to be flirty and floaty, this top hits right at the waistband of your favorite summer shorts. Wear it by itself or layer with a sheer cotton tank. We include Sizing and shirring details to customize for your best fit.

Go to the shirred sun top project.

Shirred Sun Dress

We had such fun with our little top that we made another version in a dress length. And, we added self-fabric ties at the shoulders rather than the ribbon ties featured in the top. This Re-imagine & Renovate option shows you how easy it is to get a whole new look with just a few small changes.

Go to the shirred dress project.

Little Girl’s Shirred Sun Dress

For our “little girl” version of summer shirring fun, we spun the traditional one-Seam-up-the-side design, taking it from ordinary to trendy by adding a flirty eyelet underskirt and a precious sash with its own flower pin.

Go to the little girl’s shirred sun dress project.

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Pattie Cockerham
Pattie Cockerham
3 years ago

Show the info for shirring and hoping to get it done for the weekend have two small girls and it will work fine pictures when finsh

Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson
3 years ago

Hi Pattie – We’re looking forward to the pictures. Shirring is super fun!

Lynn Samuels
Lynn Samuels
5 years ago

This was my first ever

This was my first ever attempt at shirring.  I read the tutorial and then went for it.  The dress turned out beautifully and the shirring effect is amazing.  I will definitely be shirring more often now.  Thank you. 

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