Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

Learn how to use elastic thread to create shirred effects on fabric.

This top is begging for warmer temps! Although spring is officially here, it’s still quite cool in many places. Why not get a jump on spring/summer sewing and at least dream about those warmer days to come? Enter this shirred top. We can’t wait to show you how easy it is to use Dritz® elastic thread to create shirred effects on fabrics. Shirring is a wonderful textured detail to incorporate into your next refashion!

Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread


Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

Take a closer look. The gathered detail on the top of this shirt is the shirring. Shirring is typically used across the bust area (as on this top), and also at the waist and cuffs. 

Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

To make this shirred top, you’ll need Dritz® elastic thread, and 1 yard of lightweight fabric. Tip: when picking your fabric, remember that the lighter the fabric, the more effective the shirring will be.

Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

When planning new spring/summer pieces, challenge yourself to reuse fabric from older garments (the fabric for this top came from an old skirt). And consider this rule: if you didn’t wear the garment for the last 2 seasons – it’s time to donate it, or refashion it!

Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

The shirring is created by sewing parallel lines using the Dritz® elastic thread. See the sewing tutorial at Trash To Couture for full details.

Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

Next you’ll make the straps for your top.

Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

And then it’s ready to wear! Old skirt turned sassy shirred top – a fantastic new piece for your spring/summer wardrobe.

Tell us what’s on your spring/summer sewing list. What kind of garments are you looking to make and how are you making them? We’d love to know what you’ll be wearing!

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Happy refashioning!

 

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