Shirring is a method of shaping a garment and is done so by controlling fullness. Its technique is similar to gathering. Shirring consists of two or more rows of gathered fabric. Shirring can be a pretty and feminine alternative to darts in small areas of a garment. Shirring can also be done on large areas of a garment like all around the top of a full skirt. Shirring works best on soft fabrics but can also done on stronger fabrics.