Do you know what shirring is?
I certainly didn’t until working on this dress. I thought it was something utterly complicated and rather intricate. What I found out is that it is just multiple lines of gathering perhaps done with a lot more precision than a typical gathering stitch.
This dress has “shirring” at the neck and on hips. After having a little stress out session on what shirring actually was, I got down to it. I tried to be precise both the start and end of my stitching lines. I also tried to keep the lines straight. I tend to be more than just a little haphazard in my gathering. The stitch line waving all over the seam allowance. So it took some concentration to make the shirring precise.
I think I did a good job. Though, I still keep referring to this as gathering.