here's a pictorial (with poor lighting... sorry. one day i'll remedy this situation.)
|i have cut the panel to be shirred out of the shell and|
lining, stitched and understitched at the top
|sew rows of shirring at 1/4-1/2" intervals|
|stitch down each side, back stitching several times over each elastic|
|finish the raw edges and snip the extra threads|
|i have the rest of the bodice sewn, however you could|
just have the back side panels by themselves
|pin shirring to bodice shell, lining up the top edges|
|pull the lining over the shirred panel, pin and stitch|
|trim and snip the top corner|
|pull the shirred panel out, turning the bodice right side out|
|repeat on other side|
|attach the skirt and finish the waist seam allowance|
|sew narrow elastic to the skirt seam allowance|
|back stitch both ends to secure|
|no more wavy edge|
|hidden waist elastic|
i should note, you can also make a casing at the lower edge of the shirred panel to feed elastic through instead of zig-zagging in the seam allowance. the kids dresses turned out great. so great that i decided i needed to make something similar for myself. i'll show all the finished dresses in another post because this one has enough pics as it is!
okay, not really. but i just want to put this out there. i will be making a winter coat this year. i was chatting with my lovely sister who also sews and i mentioned that i need a new coat and really want to sew one this year. she mentioned that she also would like to make one and i said she and i can have a little sew-a-long to help each other through it. then i figured, why not take this public? i don't plan to offer expert advise (because i have none) but i thought if anyone else out there is sewing up a winter coat, we can all hold hands and do this together!
i don't plan to start this project until late-ish september and probably have a finished coat by mid-ish october. so if anyone is inspired to join in, i thought i'd put this out there plenty early. so there you have it. a winter coat not-quite-sew-a-long! feel free to spread the message on your own blogs, i completely welcome the advice and knowledge of those who have already ventured into coat-making territory!