Yaletown Sew-Along: Styling Inspiration
Yaletown Sew-Along: Fabric Suggestions, Choosing a Size, and FAQ
Yaletown Sew-Along: FBA and SBA Tutorials and Tips
Yaletown Sew-Along: Cutting, Gathering Supplies
Yaletown Sew-Along #1: Preparing Bodice and Sewing Facing (Instruction Steps 1-4)
Yaletown Sew-Along #2: Finishing Facing, Sewing Bodice Side Seams (Instruction Steps 5-7)
Today: Sewing Skirt / Lower Blouse (Instruction Steps 8-10)
Thursday, September 18th – Sewing Bodice to Skirt, Sewing Elastic Casing (Instruction Steps 11-13)
Tuesday, September 23rd – Sewing & Attaching Sleeves (Instruction Steps 14-17)
Thursday, September 25th – Hemming, Sewing Tie Belt (Instruction Steps 18-19)
Friday, October 2nd – Thread Loops and Securing Neckline (Instruction Steps 20-21)
Today let’s put our bodices aside, and work on the lower part of our garments! I will be walking you through sewing the skirt, including pockets. If you are sewing the lower bodice for a blouse, then it’s much simpler! You’ll simply be sewing the side seams, finishing seam allowances, and pressing the side seams open.
Let’s get into the skirt version, shall we?
Now let’s pin our pocket pieces to our skirt. Pin right sides together, matching your pocket notches to the notches at the side seam. Repeat the same thing for the other skirt piece and two pocket pieces.
Time to understitch the pocket pieces. Stitch at around 1/8″ – 1/16″ from the seamline, on the pocket side of the seam. Your seam allowance should be pushed towards the pocket as you do this. This will ensure that the inside of the pocket lays flat and remains inside the dress.
We now want to sew all along the side seam and around the pocket bag. I do this a little bit differently than the instructions, but it’s my favorite method and makes me feel a bit more secure stashing things in my inseam pockets.
Here is how I do it: Start at the waist and sew until you reach the pocket bag notch. We are sewing at the usual ⅝” (1.5cm) seam allowance.
Insert your needle, lift the presser foot and pivot the project around. We are going to sew up into the pocket for an inch or so. I like to do this because it makes me feel more secure when I stash things in my pocket. There is less chance of things slipping out because I’m creating more of a “drop”. Does that make sense?
And here is what it looks like on the bottom end of the pocket opening. The double stitching in the lower pocket area makes the opening stronger too. It’s a win-win method for me, and there’s still plenty of room for your hand, don’t worry!
We’re done for the day! On Thursday we’ll really see our garments take shape and insert our elastic into the waistline. Happy sewing everyone!