Shirred or gathered bodice on wedding gown
I am making my daughter’s dress, and have had to combine patterns to get the style she wants. I am on my third muslin; she would like a shirred or gathered bodice above a fitted empire waist. I am working with silk satin and silk organza (I have yet to make my first cut-eek!) I did sample shirring on half the bodice and one sleeve of the most recent muslin, and it was very labor-intensive: steaming segments stretched and pinned into tiny pleats on the ironing board. What is the best way to get that soft look of tiny fabric folds from waist to shoulder, without parallel stitch lines? I see it in the bridal dress shops, and photos, but am not sure how to achieve it (without hours of pinning.) I would be grateful for any ideas – just 3 months to go!