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A Shirred Top Skirt

I was paging through the newest miniboden catalog and fell in love with this skirt.  I loved the shirred waist and full skirt.  I clicked around online trying to find a tutorial, but couldn't find anything, so I decided to wing it. 

 this fabric is Summerville -Scandi (Orange Zest )

Some details -
1. For the waistband, I cut two pieces 4.5" long x 22" wide (selvedge to selvedge, cut in half).
2.  For the skirt, I cut 2 pieces, 15" long x 44" wide (selvedge to selvedge).  I gathered the skirt and then sewed it to the top, dividing it into 1/8ths first, using pins as my guides to keep my gathers even.
3. For a secure fit, I finished the waistband with a 1/2" elastic inside a 3/4" casing.  Then I added 4 rows of shirring, spaced 1/2" apart.

After I sew something for my girls, we always have a special date together to photograph them in it.

It gives me the opportunity to practice the technical side of photography, in a controlled setting.   I still have such so much to learn.  Photography is such a beautiful artform and I want to get better at it.

Most of the time, in the busyness of the day, I forget to pick up the camera (outside of Instagram, which is so convenient).   So, I treasure these portraits of my kids. 

The girls feel so special not only wearing a new skirt or dress, but being photographed in it.  They love to dictate the specifics of our little photoshoot.  Take a picture of me here, Mom.

 Or How about in this tree?

This year, I'd like to take more photos of our everyday.  But I know I'll always be thankful for these photos of my kids wearing the things I've made for them.  In this case, Indigo said the skirt made her feel like a ballerina! I'm glad she approves.  :)


  1. so cute - that fabric is perfect and i'm sure the shirring is so comfy for her! great photos too - ahhh the sunshine!

  2. i loved that boden skirt, too - and yours is gorgeous! i bet the shirring makes it really comfy. beautiful photos, as usual! :)

  3. So cute! I want one for MEEEEEEEE. :-)

  4. Oh! I agree that is a mommy daughter skirt pattern for sure! I love it!

  5. Oh she is so little in these photos!! Lovely skirt :) Rachel, how can I find you on Instagram? I am just about to make a shirred top for LM. I have next to none fabric, so only one side seam. This will be my second go at shirring. Should I secure the ends of each 'shirred' row, or just leave them since they will be sewn over when I sew the side seam?


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