No. 3106

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Pattern Description

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.

Seamwork Issue 53


Sizes and Supplies

0 - 26

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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Download Information

35-48 pages

Pattern Fit

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Techniques and customization ideas for your Carter

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.

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

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