Friday Sew-Along: Make a Quick, Patternless Gingham Skirt, Part 3

Note: If you are just joining this sew-along and want to jump in, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this project. 

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!

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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!

Visit the Sew Daily Shop to download the instructions for my Shifting Plaids Skirt. You can get the brand new Stitch Summer 2015 issue there as well. 

Amber Eden



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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.