I have a few dresses that had shirred waistbands that I cut the tops off and made skirts from (the bottom fit, the tops didn’t really fit well); and they are the most awesome skirts I own. So much so, that I have been dying to make some of my own.
I had an impediment though – I didn’t know what that type of waistband was called. Now I do – Shirred (verb: gather (an area of fabric or part of a garment) by means of drawn or elasticized threads in parallel row); and that means I can make my own skirts with shirred waistbands. It also means I can try different techniques to see which one works best for me.
I was thrilled to find this tutorial on how to make a shirt skirt with a shirred waist. I will probably get started this week, since I spent last week going through and cutting off the arms of all the old t-shirts in the house in anticipation of shirt skirt projects. I thought I’d just be making them with drawstrings, but now I will be diversifying!