Gathering is sewing term commonly using to refer reducing the length of the cloth and without any shortening. The longer fabric portion used to stitch with the short part of the fabric. It gives a rich, full look for the garment. The technique is commonly using in cuff joints and the joining portion of a skirt with bodies.
In the fashion industry, the gathering is a very famous sewing technique. For getting a ruffled look for the fabric, gathering techniques are using lavishly.
How can you create a gathering?
For creating a gathering, fold the longer portion of the fabric in parallel pleats, and sew along the edge with the shorter portion. In the olden days, it was tedious job and time consuming, especially when artisan has to work with heavy fabrics. You can do the job easily with a modern sewing machine, which has zigzag sewing features.
Types of gathering:
The commonly using gathering styles are pleating and shirring. Pleating made by creating small parallel pleats on the larger portion of the clothes and stitched along with the shorter part of the fabric. Shirring is a decorative style of stitching, where the large fabric gathered in many rows and stitched on the shorter fabric.
Initially, the gathering was a cumbersome process with repetitive sewing of fabric, but with time, it has become easier with the help of sewing machines. Gathered dresses give the wearer a sophisticated and feminine look. This season they are once again back in fashion and demanded more than ever.