I found these pillow shams while looking for sheets to use as fabric at Goodwill and I loved the colors and the design and bought them but didn't know what I was going to do with them. First I thought I would make them into a skirt but thought this could make a cute dress. I've NEVER made a dress before this is my first attempt and I decided to shirr it and I think it all came together okay.
Since they were shams they were split in the middle on the back the front would be too see thru on it's own so I needed to use the back as a lining. I was going to just whip stitch it closed but thought that would look odd so I ripped them apart with a seam ripper and then put both shams back together. Then I shirred the front at the top and at the waist band. Then I shirred the back, when I started I accidentally did it backwards where the elastic was on the wrong side, Opps! (I tend to make a lot of stupid mistakes, and end up ripping a lot of stitches! Extremely frustrating!) Then I sewed the front and back together, making another stupid mistake, I sewed the front on the wrong way.
See how is kind of bubbles in the back? Now I have a large booty! I'm not saying I'm fat I'm saying I have a huge A** which makes buying and finding clothes that fit (particularly pants) extremely difficult! Fabric tends to bunch and settle above my butt. Plus my posture (standing straight even) the best way to describe it would be the shape of a z, my butt not only is large but sticks out as does my torso, it's just the way I'm built
Sorry this is so wordy and thank you if you've stuck with me this long!!
Do you think it would help to maybe remove a few rows of shirring in the back or add some? Should I try to find a heavier fabric for the bottom band to add weight to hold it down? Does it look bad? I forgot to mention earlier that I didn't want to double fold it to hem the bottom so I stitched a line and then purposely frayed the bottom, I thought that was cute but still feels a bit short that's why I'm thinking of adding a band at the bottom. Comments and Suggestions are MUCHO appreciated!
Here are a couple tuts I roughly based this off of, I hardly ever follow anything line by line I just get an idea and go with it usually http://sewingrepublic.com/projectIdeas.html#/scarf_dress/http://www.kukyideas.com/journal/2007/04/shirred-dress-tutorial.htmlUPDATE:
I've moved all my pics and no longer have all the pics that were in this post. All the pics I have are of the final product so here they are: