Shirred Ladybug Skirt

Thursday, June 16, 2011

 A few of you may look at the title and think "What the heck is she talking about? That is smocking." (or you would if it wasn't covered by the belt.) And until last week I would have been on your side, but after a conversation with my Gramma & a quick bit of Googling, I've changed my mind.

When I told my Gram the other day that I had made Reli a smocked dress she responded with shock and awe "Really?! I never had the patience for all that embroidery, but Mom used to do it." (Mom being my Great-Nana who passed away before my father was even born.) At first I couldn't figure out why she was impressed, and then it hit me, she thought I was talking about this...

Yea Right! It is beautiful, but there is no way I'm making all those tiny pleats without some kinda machine! I suppose most of the world is on my side, since the word smocking now brings to mind images of tube tops and the like. So I guess now days actual shirring is called smocking, ruching is called shirring, and pleats are called ruching. (Are you all as confused as I am?)

Whatever you call it, I made it using elastic thread and that's all you need to know! But in deference to Gram and times past I'm going with the "technical term" of shirring just this once. ; D
How cute is it worn as a high waisted skirt?! 
I originally made a fabric sash for it, but this simple piece of grosgrain ribbon looked even cuter. It kinda has that paper bag look going for it. (I think that's popular now, right?) Don't you want to make one for yourself? Well good, stop by next week for the super simple tutorial on how to use this technique to make a dress or skirt for a little girl or yourself. I promise once you try elastic thread you will find a hundred ways to use it. If you've already tried it then you know what I mean!

Another great thing about this skirt is that it is made from one rectangle of fabric, and takes next to no time to make! Plus I think it really might fit Reli until she is 5. The fabric is something that I got for 60% off at Joann's. It's by Debbie Mumm, but it didn't have a "name". Here is a close-up.

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  1. OK, this is darling, I just love it! You are so talented! Love the fabric! Your little model is darling!


  2. So great! I love this! I am going up to become a follower! Love your site!

  3. came over from TT&J and I love your skirt! shirring is my favorite thing and I try and use it anywhere a pattern calls for elastic casing

  4. Super cute - I do believe I will have to try one for myself next week! I could live in summer skirts and dresses like this!

  5. Very cute. She looks so happy to be wearing it oo - that last picture is way TOO cute.

  6. LOVE this skirt. How adorable and I loveee ladybugs.

    Would love to invite you to join our party at - Nothing But Country Hope to see you there. :)

    --Mary Beth @ Nothing But Country

  7. I love this and I MUST know more! How do I do it? I have two girls and they need these skirts! I am your newest follower and I will be checking in regularly. Come visit my blog and follow me too!

    Would you be interested in doing a guest post on my blog? I would love to share your talent with my readers!

  8. I'm sorry...I know this post was supposed to be about a skirt or grammies, or something...but you had me at adorable toddler!!! OMGoodness...she is sooooo stinking cute in the pic where I think someone must've asked her 'how many' she is!! Okay, now I'm gonna go learn about this cute shirred, rouched, smocked adorable skirt!!! Thanks for putting a smile on my face today!!

  9. Awww!! Your baby AND skirt is so cute!! i love it high wasted. so adorable :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

  10. your girlie is ROCKING that skirt! I want to make one for my baby girl :) so cute!

  11. This is so stinking cute! I love that it will fit her for a long time to come! Please stop by today, and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  12. this is darling! I love it! Great job! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  13. Super cute! You'll be featured tomorrow!


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