We are nearing the end of the week already! Today we will sew up our skirt side seams, construct and attach our optional ruffle, and attach our bodice to our skirt.
First, sew up those skirt side seams! If you added inseam pockets, remember not to sew straight down! I know that seems silly to say out loud, but we all have those late night sewing moments where our brains seem to stop altogether! 🙂 I highly, highly recommend stitching the top and bottom of the pocket using a stretch stitch before serging. This is a sharp turn for your serger, but using a sewing machine gives a nice, crisp turn. I still go over the seam with a serger, but I just don’t have to be as precise around the top and bottom edges of the pocket.
For the optional ruffle, we have lots of gathering tips here. I used two rows of basting stitches, but you can use your favorite gathering method. Pin or clip your side seams together, and then gather your ruffle to fit. Stitch with 1/2″ seam allowance. Topstitch your ruffle if you wish.
Finally, attach your skirt and bodice, being sure to place right sides of your fabric together. Match up the side seams, and the remaining quarter points, and then attach with 1/2″ seam allowance. If you’d like, you can stabilize the waist seam with clear elastic. If you are sewing the adult sizes, especially with the added weight of a ruffle, I would recommend using clear elastic.
- Make sure you are taking an accurate and consistent seam allowance; seam allowance is already included on all pattern pieces, and is 1/2″ unless otherwise indicated in the tutorial.
- Don’t sew your pockets closed 🙂
- Take your time sewing your ruffle!
Want to sew along with me? Check out today’s video!
If you have questions about sewing up your side seams, attaching your ruffle, or sewing your bodice to your skirt, you are always welcome to post in our SAL group so we can help you! Be sure to check in each day during the SAL, and look for daily posts to enter our giveaways. We can’t wait to see what you create this week!