My best friend was in town for a visit last weekend, and I took her with me to a local fabric outlet, Golden D'or. I'm a bit of a cheapskate, and it's one of my favorite places to browse for bargains. Oh and also to pick up dirt-cheap notions like elastic, velcro and zippers. She found this very pretty thin cotton fabric on the clearance table and asked me to make a shirred beach dress/swim coverup for her to wear this summer.
This fabric seemed a bit dingy and flimsy under the fluorescent lighting in the store, but I must say, it looked much prettier after we got it home. It also washed up beautifully soft, and I think the thinness will be perfect for a hot day at the beach.
It's been a while since I've done a shirred dress, and this was my first attempt at an adult-sized one. It's hard to tell from the pic, but it's about knee length, maybe a little bit longer. I've definitely come a long way though since the very first one I made for E, almost 2 years ago! Thanks to my serger, I did rolled hems with wooly nylon on the top and bottom. I love the contrast of the white against the hot pink. Then I just did a quick serged seam to make it a tube and started shirring away! It goes so much faster when you have someone else to wind the elastic on the bobbins for you. ;)
I love how this turned out, so much so that I may go back and buy some of the same fabric in blue for myself. I'm dropping it in the mail today and hoping my friend will take a pic of herself wearing the dress and let me post it. *hint hint*