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This cotton day dress of 1836–40 features shirring on the upper sleeves. Victoria and Albert Museum.
Here is a close-up of shirring done on the shoulder area during the garment construction from a 1925 vintage dress pattern. Photo provided by Love to Sew Studio[1]

In sewing, shirring is two or more rows of gathers that are used to decorate parts of garments, usually the sleeves, bodice or yoke. The term is also sometimes used to refer to the pleats seen in stage curtains.

In the construction of digital 3D clothing shirring can be accomplished by applying a Displacement map or Normal map when rendering the digital clothing models in a render engine.[2]

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