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Learn how to sew a shirred waist band to accent dresses with!
Make cute shirred waist bands for dresses or even skirts! You can also make these shirred waist bands to add to t-shirt necklines for an extra cute touch!

Posted by DIY Crush from Waldorf, Maryland, United States • Published See DIY Crush's 2 projects »
  • How to sew . How To Sew A Shirred Waist Band  - Step 1
    Step 1

    1.Measure the width of the waist
    2.Cut 2 strips of fabric (2″ wide for babies and up to 4″ wide for larger sizes) and twice as long as the waist measures. For example, if your dress width is 10″ wide from side to side you want to cut your band to 20″.
    3.Serge top and bottom edge of both strips
    4.Place both strips with right sides together and sew then serge both sides’ edges
    5.You have a tube now which you want to shirr all the way around, starting at the top edge about 1/2 inch down. Sew several rows with a distance of half a presser foot or slightly less and leave 1/2 inch of the 2″ band and 1″ of the 3-4″ band unsewn.
    6.Insert dress into the band pin in place so that the seam of the dress is in the center of the band then sew using a small zigzag stitch along the first row and the last row of the elastic thread.

  • How to sew . How To Sew A Shirred Waist Band  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Your shirred waist band is done!

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