Girls Shirred summer dress

A lovely evening was spent on Wednesday at my lovely friend, Tanya’s house for our monthly stitching it together with the great girlies Moira and Lizzie. It was blowing a holy outside, but there was lots of fun and laughter and we decided to add a bit of sunshine to the gloom by deciding to have a go at making a shirred girls dress using this great tutorial from Jorth.   We sometimes try and have a single thing we can all try out, we have done invisible zips, quilt as you go and made these wonderful bloomers!

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The dress is really simple and we all managed to get the majority of a dress made up with just the finishing off to do.  Shirring can take a little practice and can mean some finding around with your machine, but this great shirring tutorial from Flossies teacakes has really helped.

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I happened to make mine a little short but Lizzie had the great idea of adding a contrast panel to the bottom and matching patch pockets which have worked brilliantly and Bean is incredibly happy with the outcome.  Although keeping her still to try and take a photo was incredibly difficult.  I think she likes swirly dresses so my plan is to make a proper twirly dress using this here material:

 

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