Saturday, 31 May 2014

TUTORIAL: The Bright and Breezy Skirt (Part 2)

You can find Part 1 of this tutorial here.

Now that you have your fabric cut, it's time to get on with the fun bit: SEWING!

Take two ribbon tie pieces and stitch around three adjacent sides with right sides together. When you get to the short end (middle of the three sides) stop 1" from the end and stitch diagonally out to the corner. Trim excess, turn right side out and press.

Take your waistband facings. Turn each short end under 1/4" and then another 1/4". Press and stitch.

Attach a button to the right side of each end of the front waistband facing, aligning centrally along the stitch line.

Place front waistband and front waistband facing right sides together, centering facing on waistband. Stitch along one long edge. Repeat for back waistband.

Open out each waist band and press seams. Lay back waistband right side up. Place a ribbon tie piece on top, lining up the raw edge with one of the short ends of the waistband piece. Repeat with second ribbon tie then place front waistband on top, wrong side up. Stitch short end of the waistbands (not facings as these are folded open). Press seams and fold facings down.

Put waistband to one side.

Place skirt pieces right sides togtger and stitch along short edges. Press side seams.

Increase stitch length and reduce tension on your machine. Stitch two rows of gathering stitches along top edge of skirt. Ensure one end of the rows are secured/backstitched and the other thread ends left long and loose. I like to do the front and back separately,  but this is not necessary. Return stitch length and tension to normal.

Pull loose ends to gather skirt to fit waistband.

Pin waistband to skirt, right sides togther. Align raw edge of skirt with raw edge of waistband (not the raw edge of facing). Stitch.

Turn right side out, fold waitband facing over to inside, turn raw edge under to conceal seam between the waistband and skirt. Stitch down.

Thread button-hole elastic through back waistband and secure using buttons on front waistband facing.

Hem skirt to desired length and you are done!

Well done for making it to the end of the tutorial. If you make a Bright and Breezy skirt, it would be great to see links in the comments below!

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