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Carter

No. 3106

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Elastic shirring is really fun! The Carter dress uses elastic shirring to create a blouson fit with a cinched waist, paired with a square neckline and raglan sleeves for a modern peasant look.

You can raise, lower, or eliminate the shirring to customize your dress, and the loose fit is perfect for lightweight and medium-weight woven fabrics, like chambray, rayon, or linen.

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All-purpose polyester sewing thread, sewing machine needle, elastic thread, and 3/8 yards (.34 meters) of lightweight fusible interfacing.

Light to medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, cotton lawn, batiste, shirting, double gauze, and rayon challis.

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35-48 pages

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Resources

Techniques and customization ideas for your Carter

3 Pattern Hacks

Learn 3 hacks for Carter: How to turn it into a shift or trapeze dress, how to add a ruffled hem, and how to add a faced split hem.
Why Sewing Should Be Experimental

In this tutorial, our rockstar sample sewer shows you how to experiment with your sewing techniques, using elastic shirring as an example.
A Guide to Shirring

This tutorial teaches you how to sew elastic shirring on your handmade garments.