Gathering: a technique used to add fullness or create shape by bringing the fabric together creating small tucks.
1. Sew 2-3 rows of basting with out back stitching. For 2 rows, sew at 3/8 in and 5/8 in. For 3 rows, sew at 1/4 in, 1/2 in and 3/4 in.
2. Pull the threads from the right side of the fabric to gather the fabric together.
3. Measure the piece of fabric that you'll sew the gathered piece to.
4. Pull the threads until the length matches the other piece.
5. Anchor using a pin to wrap the threads into a figure eight. This allows you to bring the gathers to the edge of the fabric so they are more even.
6. Even out the gathers, and pin to the other piece.
7. Sew the pieces together with the gathered piece facing you. This will help you even out the stitching as you go.
*One little tip: When you are sewing with lighter weight fabric, sew with smaller basting stitches. (Set your machine closer to a 4 or 10-12 stitches per inch.) A general rule is to make the basting stitches as small as you can while still being able to pull the threads. This just makes your gathers more even.