This week I am writing from the road at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Worcester, Mass. I taught a class Thursday on how to make this skirt, and the biggest fan was a 12-year-old girl named Silvana, who stayed way past class time to complete her project. She taught herself to sew from watching online videos! I love to see the determination of a new, young sewist–it's truly inspiring!
And we are going finish today, too, because I burned the midnight oil on Wednesday to get the skirt completed. So let's get to it!
|Shifting Plaids Skirt
from Stitch Summer 2014.
Step 7: Baste the pleats down by machine or hand. I like to stitch against the pleats about 1/4 inch from the raw edge.
Step 8: Stitch down the pleats 1/8 inch away from the edge. For a higher waist, make a 3-4 inch pleat, for lower, 1-2 inch. With a higher waist, you will want to make the pleat slightly deeper at the top to narrow the waistline.
Step 9: Check your skirt for fit at the waist and trim excess from back seam, then stitch the back seam with a one inch seam allowance. Back stitch at zipper notch.
Step 10: Insert zipper by machine or hand as desired. Finish seams according to your preference.
Step 11: Pin one long side of waistband to right side of skirt top edge. Fold back short ends leaving a one inch overlap on left side. Stitch in 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Step 12: Stitch in ditch from right side or finish inside waistband by hand. Put hook and eye on overlap and you are ready for summer!