vintage patterns

Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to do Shirring for a Vintage Look

Get a great vintage look with this shirring method. This method adds beautiful detail just like the dresses from the 50s by using your home machine.

These techniques are from a 1950s sewing guide for White sewing machine attachments. The newer machines also come with attachments so it shouldn't be a problem adaping these techniques with your machine. Get creative and sew away!

These technique use your shirring and cording presser foot

Here are two vintage pattern that could be adapted to shirring

This pattern  looks like it has shirring on the shoulders, a very popular sewing technique in the 30s and 40s.  Simplicity 1832 from Penelope Rose

This Simplicity pattern would look great with the shirred collar technique shown above, pattern at Penelope Rose

Have fun trying these techniques for whatever garment you choose...

Next is fagoting using a binding attachment...


  1. This would be wonderful in a vintage swimsuit pattern too!

    1. That is a great idea, I can see it and have seen it on vintage swimsuits, thanks for the reminder! I'm going to go look through my photo files, seems I remember seeing it there too.

  2. Such a lovely talent! My Mom has it but not me. She sewed everything. I am a new follower! Thank you for visiting my blog!