4 April 2013

Miette: Join the Skirt

Miette skirt sewalong - Tilly and the Buttons
Making the Miette skirt? Let's get these flat pieces of fabric looking more like a skirt. Catching up? Order the Miette sewing pattern and check out the previous steps.

Unless stated otherwise, all seams are sewn with a 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance - line up the raw edges of the fabric with the 15 or 5/8 seam guide on your sewing machine to sew at an even distance from the edge.

You should have four skirt pieces – two front skirt and two back skirt pieces.

Miette skirt sewalong - Tilly and the Buttons

Staystitch the top edges of the four skirt pieces - this will help prevent the curved edges from stretching out. All you need to do is sew a line of stitching 10mm (3/8in) from the waistline edge on each skirt piece.

Miette skirt sewalong - Tilly and the Buttons

Place the front skirt pieces so the right sides - the sides you want to show on the outside of your skirt - are facing each other, matching notches, and pin along the centre front seam (the seam that’s totally straight). If you've added pockets, double check their bottom edges are matching up at the same level.

Miette skirt sewalong - Tilly and the Buttons

Stitch the centre front seam, 15mm (5/8in) from the pinned edges. Open out the fold. That's your front skirt!

Miette skirt sewalong - Tilly and the Buttons

Place the back skirt pieces on top of the front skirt so the right sides are facing each other. Pin them together along the side seams, matching up the notches. Stitch the side seams - note there is a very slight curve at the top for your hips.

Trim the seams down to about half their current width. If you’ve added the pockets, there’s a lot of layers of seams there all lying on top of each other, so it’s a good idea to trim a couple of layers down even further to reduce some of the bulk.

Miette skirt sewalong - Tilly and the Buttons

Finish the centre front and side seams - you can use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, an overlocker if you have one, or even pinking shears if your fabric isn’t likely to fray. Depending on how thick your fabric is and whether you’ve added the pockets, you may want to bind them all together or finish the seams separately.

Press the centre front seam allowances open and press the side seam allowances either open or towards the back, on both wrong and right sides.

Miette skirt sewalong - Tilly and the Buttons

Now we’re going to neaten the raw edges of the back opening (on the skirt back pieces opposite the side seams). Turn the raw edge under by 15mm (5/8in), wrong sides together, and press. Turn it under by another 15mm (5/8in) and press again. Pin in place.

Stitch close to the inside fold. Repeat on the other back opening.

Good work! In the next post we'll construct the waistband...

7 comments:

  1. I finished mine this morning. I think I have a new favourite skirt. It's perfect!

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  2. I have made it my 2013 mission to learn how to sew but I am so so slow and struggling with just going in straight lines on my machine at the minute! A skirt is my first project at the minute and love finding your blog after watching the sewing bee. Thanks for sharing the dress from episode one in previous post too, I loved the neckline. Definitely one for my 2014 (probably!) list!
    xox

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  3. Hi Tilly, I'm looking forward to making this skirt, my first garment! I have a question about finishing the seams, I have a straight stitch only machine so how could I finish the seams without being able to zigzag? Are pinking shears my only option? Thanks!

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  4. Thank you sooooo much for these tutorials! They are so helpful. I just finished joining the skirt and am going to finish it this weekend!

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  5. I'm having a ball doing this, Tilly. I am surprised that it hasn't taken me too long to do the steps here! This is my first skirt make, and I am really looking forward to continuing sewing the waistband and tie tomorrow. Thank you for such detailed instructions and for giving me a great sewing experience :)

    Carly x

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  6. I love my over locker so use it on every piece just for the fun of it. Because I've done this does that mean I don't need to do the stay stitch stage?
    Thanks x

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    1. Hi Vicky! I don't blame you I could overlock stuff 'til the cows come home. I think you'd be fine to skip the staystitch stage, the fabric shouldn't warp if the edges are overlocked. Enjoy :)

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