Shirr Joy

Besides the plunge back, one of my favorite design elements of this Burda World of Fashion top is the slight shirring on the back strap.

To achieve this look, the pattern directions call for shirring elastic. I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for, but I assumed shirring elastic was either a small cord-like elastic or an elastic thread. I headed out to Hancock Fabrics (I was already going there for their pattern sale anyway) where I assumed someone would know what I was talking about. Unfortunately, no one working there knew. A glance at the notions wall (which was almost empty) turned up nothing so I decided to head out to Joann’s – fortunately, their wall was much better stocked and I found exactly what I was looking for, stretch rite elastic sewing thread!

Instead of using the elastic thread in the bobbin and sewing, I opted for the more time consuming process of zigzagging over the thread and pulling it up to fit the width the pattern called for. It did take a bit more time, but was well worth it!
To create this effect I used a small zigzag (2.0 with and 2.0 length on my machine) making sure not to catch the cording in the stitching as I sewed. Once I gathered up the stitches, I knotted both ends of the elastic to make sure that they wouldn’t move out of place. Now that the hardest part is over, it’s time to put this top together!

5 thoughts on “Shirr Joy

  1. Anary

    I did not know that existed…Nice tech!! One more thing learned from you….That is why I stop by everyday:).
    By the way, great print!

  2. Tany

    You did exactly the right thing! I did some shirring some time ago and this is the way I like to do it myself. I can’t wait to see the finished top; I love this pattern!

  3. Rubydarling

    Hi Stacey,
    I’d never heard the term shirring but had wondered how the finished product was achieved. I think your explainations are better than most, thanks. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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