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How to Create Shirred Furrows

Threads magazine - 157 – Oct./Nov. 2011
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Nothing inspires embellishment ideas like a trip to an exhibition of vintage clothing. Every incredible garment whispers, “They don’t make them like they used to.” But by no means does that suggest that the wonderful techniques of bygone eras are out of your reach.

The silk velvet exterior of the stunning 1930s cape, combined with a silk charmeuse lining, offers the perfect tactile experience for bare arms and shoulders. Shirring along rows of horizontal tucks creates vertical gathers that enhance the velvet’s natural sheen and texture. Happily, this rich effect is possible to replicate.

We’ll show you how to re-create the sequence of tucks used on the inspiration garment. Once you master the technique, you can create any pattern of shirred tucks you’d like. This treatment works best for garments with ultrasimple lines.

To create this textured effect in velvet yardage, first sew parallel rows of…

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  1. Delica | | #1

    I am so glad that this article was featured in the feed as this technique is stunning. After many years of being a superfan, there was a period of time during which I became disenchanted with Threads and discontinued my subscription so, unfortunately, do not own the issue in which this article appeared. Definitely will be printing and saving this.

    Thank you, Judith, for all the lovely sewing ideas you present.

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