Easy breezy sew along, day #4

Don’t forget to use #easybreezyskirt if you’re sharing photos of your creation!

This will be a fairly short day. I’ll also post the next day (Monday, August 5th) a little later this afternoon so you can speed up the pace if you want. I made day #3 (Saturday, August 3rd) the longest day, and each other day should only be ~30-45 minutes of work for a beginner.

Before you start anything today, mark the middle of each skirt piece at the top (the narrower end). Make sure you can still see your markings on the waistband pieces (darken them up if they’ve faded).

You should have two skirt pieces, one front and one back. They’re really the same exact pieces (each is 1/4 of a circle). Decide which side you want to be the front and which side you want to be the back. If you have a solid fabric, then it really shouldn’t matter. If you have a print, it might matter to you.

Place the skirt pieces on top of each other, right sides together, with the front piece underneath the back. Then:

Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
Pin along the right side (so when you open up the seam it
will be on the left side). The front piece is under the back.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
An alternate view: pin along the right side. Sew along this
seam (where the pins are) with a 5/8″ seam allowance.
Press this seam open.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
Lay the waistband out flat, right side up, with the bow
pieces closer to you.

Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
Lay the skirt on top of the waistband, right sides together,
with the top of the skirt lined up with the waistband.
Pin together at the center fronts and backs (that you marked
on the waistband pieces and the skirt pieces) as well as at the
side seam. Make sure not to trap the bow pieces.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
This time, pin (and sew) all the way to the edge. Leave the
skirt loose at the dart points while you get everything else
in place.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
Pin closer and closer to the dart points. 
Pin all the way to the dart points. Fold the dart toward the
center front or back. The easiest way to do this is to pin
directly on the dart marking on the side closer to the center,
then fold the pleat over.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
In this photo, the center front is on the right
of the picture.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
In this photo, the center back is on the
left of the picture.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
Optional: BASTE over the seam you just
pinned into place with a 1/2″ (4/8″) seam.
Basting means you use the longest stitch
possible on your machine. Press everything
 flat. Make sure you didn’t mess up any of the
folds or seams. If you did, it’s much easier to
undo a basted seam than one with regular
stitches.

Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
Once you’re sure everything is properly pinned and/or
basted properly, sew the seam with a 5/8″ seam allowance.
Press this seam flat, and then press it toward the waistband.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
Press the new seam up toward the waistband.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #4 | Bobbins of Basil
While you’re at the ironing, press the free end of the
waistband lining under. You will end up hand sewing
this in place later.

Now might be a good time to try on the skirt again! Tomorrow (or later today), we’ll put in the invisible zipper on the right side. Then, on the last two days, you’ll hand sew the waistband lining in place and do a little hand sewing at the bottom of the zipper, and finally, you’ll hem the skirt on the last day.

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