I recently made a shirred dress for a friends daughter. It was her birthday and I wanted to make her something. Husband says I am making up for not having the time to make my girls things when they were little!
I used some Liberty lawn that had been given to me by my mother-in-law some year ago - I think she gave me nearly 4 metres of it and as this was for a little person I still have about 3 metres left! Unfortunately the colour and pattern is not to my taste - Husband might get a shirt out of it at some point...
I used a tutorial from Jorth on how to make a shirred dress, which worked very well and needed no adjustments. I made the straps too long so that they could be let out as she grows.
This is the first time I have done shirring and had no idea it was so easy - I love it and am thinking of other ways I could use it! I remember when I was little (early to mid '70's) my mum made lots of dresses in this style for her, me and my sister. I saw a friend of mine wearing something similar last summer which reminded me of these dresses and I have obviously had it in my mind since.
I also made a little fabric flower broach to match, which I pinned to the front.
I have not yet got a photo of her wearing it, but I am hoping that her mum will let me put one on here when I get one.