A Shirred Crown Of Fabric

There are two methods of making a shirred crown of fabric in which

taffeta, satin, georgette, or velvet may be used. Velvet is especially

beautiful made up in this way. The first method is the preferred. Cut a

circular piece of material, having a diameter the length of the crown

from front to back, measuring over the top from the headsize wire, plus

four inches.

On the wrong side of the material mark circ
es (concentric) one-half

inch apart, after first having marked a circle in the center about three

inches in diameter. Gather on the line of each circle with a fine

running stitch and bring the thread through to the right side as each

circle is completed.

Locate the exact center of the crown top and cut a small hole at this

point. Pull thread of the smallest circle up tight. This will form a bag

which should be pulled down through the hole made at the center of the

crown top and sewed securely in place. The material should be pinned

down at four equal points at the edge of the crown, the threads of the

other circles pulled up until the material fits the crown snugly. Adjust

the fullness evenly and sew in place. This is an excellent way to use up

old material which would otherwise show marks or any other defects.

The second method does not make as pleasing an effect, but may be used

when the material happens to be in such shape that a circle cannot be

cut from it. A bias strip about eight inches wide and long enough to

reach around the crown, plus three or four inches, should be joined on

the lengthwise thread of the material. The first shirring or gathering

should be one-half inch from the edge, the additional threads should be

run in evenly every half inch. The first thread near the edge should

then be drawn up as tightly as possible and this edge pushed through the

hole in the top of the crown. This method will require a somewhat larger

opening than the first. The material is then drawn down on the outside

and pinned to the bottom of the crown; the threads are then pulled tight

and firm and are fastened off. Next adjust the gathers evenly and sew in