Sewalong: Week 5 – Sewing Your Skirt… and Attaching Your Bodice!
Today’s post has a few steps wrapped into one video. By the end, you’ll have a completed jacket dress.
#1 Sewing The Skirt:
- Whenever sewing curves, take your time! You want to maintain your 5/8 seam allowances around those curved edges.
- Clip below the base of the pocket, within the seam allowance. This helps the pocket have some movement underneath the garment.
- You can simply fold TWICE your hemmed edge; or you can cut off the lower edge and then fold.
- Pin & iron before sewing. (I always iron my hem, before sewing it down. This helps especially around curves!)
#3 Attaching Skirt to Bodice:
- When pinning, you’ll want to pin your pockets toward the FRONT panel.
- Match all seams & edges along the top of your skirt with the bottom of your bodice.
- There are lots of layers here, so be sure to pin all layers down.
- I suggest pinning horizontally (left to right) vs vertically (up and down).
- If you have any fabric bunching – use the Slash and Spread Method with the straight fabric and pin vs your bunched fabric to spread out your straighter fabric.
- Sew slowly over the thicker layers. You don’t want the thickness to get you off base with your seam allowance.
- Sew twice, along your waistline to secure it.
#4 Finish the Loose Ends & Seams!
- Repeat #2 on the inside edge of your garment, open the seam allowances at your waist and wrap those ends into your new hem.
- Let your finished garment hang for at least 2 hours. Heavier garments should hang for longer periods of time…
I’ll be sharing my final look in the next post!!
Until next time…. xoxo!