GATHERED SKIRT INSTRUCTIONS
Your fabric comes pre-washed and ready to sew with.
The kit includes the skirt fabric, waistband fabric, invisible zipper, and button.
• a measuring tape
• sewing shears
• lightweight fusible interfacing (about ¼ yard)
• an iron and ironing board
• matching thread
• a fabric marker or chalk
• 3 yards of single-fold bias tape for hem
• I used a serger, but you can finish your seams with a zig-zag stitch, pinking shears, or even bias tape.
• If you need to make your skirt much shorter you can either make a deeper hem at the bottom or take some fabric off the top so the border print is not cut off.
• To calculate waistband length: Measure your waist and add one inch for ease. Then add two more inches for button tab and seam allowance.
• Use a warm, (but not hot) iron to press your invisible zipper open. You can melt the teeth if the iron is too hot.
• Line up the top of the zipper tape with the top of skirt when pinning zipper on.
• Go slowly and don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of your seams.
• You won’t be able to sew all the way to the end- that’s ok! Just go as far down the zipper as you can.
• It can be a bit confusing to insert invisible zippers at first so double-check that you’ve pinned everything correctly before you sew.
• Switch to a regular zipper foot to sew your side seam so you can get as close as possible to the teeth of the zipper.
• Press lightly and use a bit of steam to help the invisible zipper blend in with your side seam.
• I use three rows of stitches because it helps make small, even gathers.
• Use a contrasting thread for your gathering stitches to make them easier to see when it’s time to pull them out.
• Pull slowly when gathering so you don’t break your threads. Slide the fabric toward the center from each side until the skirt is as wide as the waistband. You can trim off excess thread but leave at least 6 inches or so at all times.
• Make sure your center mark is still visible- it will help you pin your skirt to the waistband correctly.
• Start by matching the side seam to your center mark.
• Don’t be afraid to use lots of pins!
• Make sure your gathers are as even as possible.
• Leave the gathering sititches in while you press.
• Backstitch at each end
• Clip corners
• Use a point turner if needed
• If you keep getting poked with pins as you hand sew, try safety pins for this step.
• You can use a whipstitch or a tunnel stitch to sew the waistband down.
• Your button will end up centered over the mark on the right, so leave enough room from the edge. that the button isn’t hanging off of the side.
• Seriously, make sure to put a pin in the end of your button hole! Or you’ll be very sad!
• If you’d rather not use a button try a hook and eye- the flat kind used for pants and slacks work best.
• If you don’t want to use bias tape, you can do a rolled hem instead.
• Press bias tape up on right side, and then down on wrong side and pin as you go.
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE DONE!
I hope you found this tutorial clear and instructive and that you enjoyed making your skirt. If you have any issues, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to help.