Well, hopefully day 1 went well for you, I’m glad to hear some new tips and your excitement in making something for yourself, finally!
Today we’re going to put together the main body of the skirt with pockets. I’ll add some suggestions for finishing the seams as well, but definitely feel free to do whatever works for you.
Please note that this pattern calls for 5/8″ seam allowances throughout. Make sure you know where that is on your machine (and if you don’t, get out a ruler and measure from the needle and mark 5/8″ with a piece of masking tape, etc.)
Place pocket facing pieces RIGHT sides together on top of the skirt top.
Sew along both curved pocket seams. Flip so that the WRONG sides are touching and topstitch along both both opening edges.
Now flip over the skirt front. You’ll be folding the pocket piece so that the RIGHT sides are facing.
Like this. Pin the bottom edge.
Finish the bottom edge by using a zig zag stitch or serging or using pinking shears, etc. Baste (the longest stitch on your machine) along the top edge and side edges as shown in green.
Sewing main body of skirt:
First you’ll want to finish the back seam edges, I chose to do a zig zag stitch on both pieces or you could also use a pinking shears, serge, etc. Since you’ll be pressing the seam open, finish both edges seperately.
Place skirt back pieces RIGHT sides together and sew together starting at the notch.
Press the seam open.
This step uses a french seam for both side seams, I chose to do this method because it frays less and looks more professional. Place skirt front and assembled skirt back WRONG sides facing. This seems wrong, but don’t worry, it’s easy and painless. Sew down each side seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance (this is instead of the 5/8″ allowance called for).
Next, you’ll turn the skirt wrong side out and press both side seams. With RIGHT sides facing this time, sew each side seam again using a 1/2″ seam allowance, thus enclosing the raw edges.
When you turn the skirt right side out the seam will look like this:
Sew two lines of basting stitches along the indicated areas between the dots. Basically you’ll be gathering along the front of the skirt between the pockets and along each back skirt piece. Set your machine to it’s longest stitch length and do NOT backstitch, simply leave the tails of thread. The directions in the simplicity pattern call for you to gather the fabric in a later step, but I always do it this way out of habit (or probably just trying to rush through things). You can chose to do it now, or save it for another step.
Pull those tails (either the bobbin threads/bottom threads or the spool threads/top threads – not all threads) gently and as evenly as possible to gather the skirt.
It’s starting to look more like a skirt! Hope you join me tomorrow for Day 3. ♥
[I’m going to run this sew along a little differently than my typical blog posts, if you have any questions or comments or suggestions/tips please leave them in the comments section and I’ll respond to them there. Usually I like to reply to comments directly by email when time allows, but this way the info will be there for anyone who joins along.]