Last week, I started my Shifting Plaids Skirt that was featured in my editor's letter picture in Stitch Summer 2015. You can purchase and download the instructions on Shop.SewDaily.com. You are going to love this project, because you don't have to tape a pattern together! It's patternless! I didn't get quite as far as I had hoped this week, because I had to fit in a trip to our main offices in Colorado, but that's okay. By next week, we will definitely finish. I promise! Hopefully, you have your fabric and pattern, so let's get going!
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Shifting Plaids Skirt
Step 1: Even up the grain at each end of the fabric by snipping and tearing crosswise along a gingham stripe line.
Step 2: Tear another piece that is wider than needed for the waistband width. I tore off seven squares here. I like to have the waistband on the cross grain so that it is more stable. Just make sure the width of fabric is long enough for your waistband measurement.
Step 3: With right sides out, pin selvedges together, matching gingham stripes on each side. Note: the gingham may be printed off grain, so fabric may not match up exactly crosswise at one end or the other. Try to stay on grain as you pin..
Step 4; The factory fold may not be the same as your fold. Go with your fold, so that selvedges match and the hemline stays on the lengthwise grain. The matched selvedges will form your waistline. Leaving about 6-8 inches at one end, start making tucks along the selvedges. It takes four gingham squares to form a tuck.
Step 5: As you pin, you will see the gathers of the waist begin to form. You can make the tucks as narrow or deep as you please within reason.You will also see the stripes begin to form, created by the tucks.
Step 6: You can do this pinning flat or on a dress form. When you have reached the width plus 2 inches for ease, leave another few inches for the center back seam allowance.I prefer to pin and drape on form, but either way works.
P.S. If you want to learn how to make this project along with me live, you can attend the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Worcester, Mass., on April 16, where I will be teaching a course that provides the materials. We will make the skirt in-class. I hope to see you there!