I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
So, last time you sewed your skirt front and back sections at the center seams. Now it's time to do your pockets and side seams. Finish your pocket edges.
Pin and sew your pockets to the skirt pieces as directed by the pattern instructions. The instructions are great, so just read carefully and you'll be golden.
Don't forget to press the pocket out after stitching.
Pin your front and back skirt pieces together, pinning all the way around the edges of the pockets.
I like to draw in my stitching line where I have to pivot.
Stitch down each side seam and around the pockets. Follow the purple line!
I finished my side seams by zigzagging together and then trimming. Press these seams to the front.
Now, finish the back side edges of the skirt. Measuring carefully, press under first 1/4" and then 3/8".
Edge stitch this hem. This just means stitching very close to the fold. (You could also slipstitch it to the underlining for an in visible hem.)
Now for the waist seam! Pin the bodice to the skirt, right sides together. Stitch carefully, making sure your darts are facing the right directions as you sew.
I finished my waist seam with some folded-over pre-packaged bias tape.
All that's left is the skirt hem. Try your dress on and determine if the 5/8" hem allowance is the length you want. Once you've adjusted your hem, press and sew it in the same manner as the back edges. (Pressing under 1/4", then 3/8" and then edge stitching.)
And your dress is done! Snip off any final threads, make sure your facings are all tacked down, give it a final press and take some lovely pictures! Don't forget to post them in the Flickr pool. I'll be taking some action shots of mine this weekend.
I'm still around for questions, of course. (I know there are some I haven't gotten to from the last post, but I'm on it!)