I recently saw an adorable little girls top with shirring so I thought I would try to make a pattern for it. Since everyone is doing shirring these days I thought I would give it a try. First off I had to start playing around with elastic thread which I have never sewn with before. I used yellow thread for contrast while testing. I was too lazy to draw lines on my fabric so the expected results are above. It's hard because the pattern piece is cut on a curve so the lines follow the curve. On the real garment I'm going to have to take the extra time... maybe. I can always make it in a busy print and my stitch lines may not be too obvious. Yeah, that's what I'll do! I'm also not really fond of making muslins. Since I will be designing this from scratch I imagine I will be making quite a few test garments before it looks right.
So designing a garment from scratch is hard. I have no pattern making skills. If I can work it out and size it correctly and if it even looks half as cute as I hope it will I'll upload the pattern for you guys. Just don't hold your breath.
P.s. I'm really going to freak out if I work on this design and there is a pattern out there for this top/dress. Crap. It's probably in some cute Japanese craft book. I'm going to have to look around a bit before I spend more time figuring out what may already be available.