1. Let’s get our pieces ready. Since the bodice is shirred you want to widen it by approximately 150%. Mine was 15″ wide by 3.5″ tall for a 2T. You also a piece of lining between the 1st and 2nd ruffle and 2nd and 3rd ruffle. My lining pieces were 15×3″. Cut 2 of each piece
2. With right side together sew the the lining pieces together at the side seams. You should now have 2 rows of lining sewn into loops
3. Next you need to cut your ruffles. Mine were 4″ (1″ taller than the lining) and 30″ wide. I sewed 2 pieces together for each row so they ended up being 60″ wide- twice the width of my lining. With right sides together sew the short ends of each ruffle together to form 3 rows sewn into loops
4. Hem the bottom of each ruffle (I folded over 1/4″ twice and topstitched) and then gather the top edge of each ruffle to match the width of the lining.
5. With right sides together sew the top edge of the bottom ruffle to the bottom edge of one of the lining pieces.
6. Line up the top edge of your middle ruffle with the top edge of the same lining piece from the previous step. The wrong side of the ruffle should be against the right side of the lining. Then add your 2nd lining piece on top with right sides together and sew all 3 layers together
When you’re finished you should have this
7. Finish the top edge of both bodice pieces by folding over 1/4″ twice and topstitching. Then shir the bodice by sewing parallel lines with regular thread on top and elastic thread in your bobbin. I have a Brother with a drop-in bobbin and it worked well for me to machine wind the bobbin and use a 3.5 stitch length setting. If you have a bobbin case you may want to hand wind the bobbin making sure to not stretch the thread as you go. After you’ve sewn all of your lines, steam the bodice with your iron and it will shrink and gather (my bodice gathered some as I was shirring but steaming it made a huge difference)
8. Sew the front and back bodice pieces together at the side seams with right sides together
9. To finish the armholes I turned the edge over 1/4″ towards the wrong side. Then I topstitched ribbon in place on the wrong side of the fabric right along the saddle stitch lines to fully enclose the raw edge. Leave nice long ribbon tails to form your straps.
10. Add your top ruffle to the top edge of your lining piece with the wrong side of the ruffle against the right side of the lining (just like in step 6). Then add the bodice to the top with right sides together and sew all 3 layers together.
For the korker bows I used the tutorial found on my blog here