Shirred Ladybug Skirt

 A few of you may look at the title and think “What the heck is she talking about? That is smocking.” (or you would if it wasn’t covered by the belt.) And until last week I would have been on your side, but after a conversation with my Gramma & a quick bit of Googling, I’ve changed my mind.

When I told my Gram the other day that I had made Reli a smocked dress she responded with shock and awe “Really?! I never had the patience for all that embroidery, but Mom used to do it.” (Mom being my Great-Nana who passed away before my father was even born.) At first I couldn’t figure out why she was impressed, and then it hit me, she thought I was talking about this…


Yea Right! It is beautiful, but there is no way I’m making all those tiny pleats without some kinda machine! I suppose most of the world is on my side, since the word smocking now brings to mind images of tube tops and the like. So I guess now days actual shirring is called smocking, ruching is called shirring, and pleats are called ruching. (Are you all as confused as I am?)

Whatever you call it, I made it using elastic thread and that’s all you need to know! But in deference to Gram and times past I’m going with the “technical term” of shirring just this once. ; D

How cute is it worn as a high waisted skirt?! 

I originally made a fabric sash for it, but this simple piece of grosgrain ribbon looked even cuter. It kinda has that paper bag look going for it. (I think that’s popular now, right?) Don’t you want to make one for yourself? Well good, stop by next week for the super simple tutorial on how to use this technique to make a dress or skirt for a little girl or yourself. I promise once you try elastic thread you will find a hundred ways to use it. If you’ve already tried it then you know what I mean!

Another great thing about this skirt is that it is made from one rectangle of fabric, and takes next to no time to make! Plus I think it really might fit Reli until she is 5. The fabric is something that I got for 60% off at Joann’s. It’s by Debbie Mumm, but it didn’t have a “name”. Here is a close-up.

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13 thoughts on “Shirred Ladybug Skirt

  1. I love this and I MUST know more! How do I do it? I have two girls and they need these skirts! I am your newest follower and I will be checking in regularly. Come visit my blog and follow me too!

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  2. I'm sorry…I know this post was supposed to be about a skirt or grammies, or something…but you had me at adorable toddler!!! OMGoodness…she is sooooo stinking cute in the pic where I think someone must've asked her 'how many' she is!! Okay, now I'm gonna go learn about this cute shirred, rouched, smocked adorable skirt!!! Thanks for putting a smile on my face today!!

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