Other Summer Sewing Tutorials:
The towels stayed on a shelf in my sewing room until tonight. I made a mini-version of this dress for a little three-year-old girl's birthday today. The towel is solid pink, so I used lime green ribbon for the straps and lime green thread for the shirring and the hem.
Shirring is so easy with elastic thread. Dana explains most of this in the original tutorial, so I won't go in depth here, but my one piece of advice would be to not get discouraged when sewing. Yes, you must sew a lot of rows. (I sewed 15 rows for the little girl dress and 30 rows for the adult dress.) Use your presser foot as a guide to keep your rows straight. Once you're done, sew the back seam and hem if needed, and then watch the magic of elastic thread! I was so excited when I first did this with my steam iron.... it is amazing to watch the steam actually shrink the thread and make the shirring beautiful!
You'll just have to imagine how adorable this dress will look on our three-year-old friend until I get some photos of her wearing it. I also have hopes to make my daughter one of these soon (and maybe one for mommy, too!).