And that's what came out:
This used to be a maxi skirt that I wore to pieces (no before photo... I'm so horrible at this! Sorry!). I cut off the waistline, hemmed it and then shirred it. Yes, shirred. It's the magic word, ladies and gentlemen.
Repeat after me: Shirring, shirring, shirring...
Seriously, it's the coolest invention ever. I've been wanting to try it for ages and would never have believed how simple and effective it is.
It is a technique for gathering a garment but at the same time keeping it flexible. In a nutshell, the underlying sewing thread is elastic, which makes the lines pull together and gives the garment more body definition.
You can see the lines better in this picture:
I had so much fun playing around with it, adding lines until it fit just right. Then I shortened it and added two shoulder straps.
Love, love, love it!!