Since I don't have much experience with shirring, I decided to use an inexpensive piece of quilting cotton that I had purchased from Joann's a few weeks ago. I liked the colors and the print was okay, but if this shirring thing didn't work out, I wouldn't feel so guilty about wasting the fabric.
Warning! The picture you are about to see contains a pair of very, very white legs and me with no make-up on.
I chose not to make the skirt with pockets just to simplify the entire project this time. The main idea was to practice my shirring technique.
I used the tutorial to determine the width and length of the skirt, but I found that even with her revised notes in the instructions, this was still too much fabric for me. I also felt like the skirt length she specified was a little long for me.
Last time I shirred something, I made sure to make a note about how I adjusted my sewing machine settings. This seemed to work out just fine, but when I finished all 10 rows of shirring for the waistband and then spritzed it with water and applied heat, the elastic just did not draw up nearly enough. This is when I discovered that the width of the skirt was just way too big for me. I even sewed in a few extra rows of shirring hoping it would draw up more, but it didn't.
What I thought was going to be a super quick project turned into an afternoon headache! I eventually decided to cut off 10" of the width at which point the skirt still fit a little loose. So, the next time I try making this skirt, I'm only going to multiply my hip measurement by 1.45 (instead of the tutorial recommended 1.75) to get a better fit for me.
After finishing my skirt, I realized that I had enough fabric left over to make Ella one, too. Since my experience with shirring hadn't gone as well as I had hoped, I opted to just put in a regular elastic waistband on her skirt.
This little ruffle and bow were a cute addition to her skirt and gave it more of a girly flare; however, she keeps asking me to remove it (not gonna happen!).
Next time I shirr, I think I'll try using a different brand of elastic thread. I've read that Stretch-Rite works well (I think it could be because it has more rubber in the elastic than the Dritz brand). What's your opinion? Do you have a preference for one elastic thread brand over another? I'd really appreciate your input on the topic. Thanks!