Friday, March 30, 2012

Sewing 101 Week 4: Love your curves

Welcome to week 4 of:
Sewing 101
If your a sewing newbie, please check out week 1(envelope pillow)  week 2 (easy bubble skirt)  and week 3 (french seams).  I've structured this series, so each week builds on previous weeks' lessons.
 Today we are going to make a sweet little petal skirt and talk about the importance of clipping curves. 

 As always, you are going to need 2 measurements:
 the waist and the desired length of finished skirt.

Step 1: 
Cut 2 pieces of fabric 2 X waist wide and  length +2 inches long.  For example, I want my skirt to fit a 16 inch waist and be 7 inches long, so I cut each piece 32 inches wide by 9 inches long.  I used 2 different fabrics, but you could also use 2 of the same if you wanted to be really boring :)

 Step 2: Find some sort of circle to use a pattern (glass, jar,etc.) I used 1/2 of a large Easter egg. Using your sewing marker trace it along the lower edge.
Step 3: (not pictured) sew up the side seam of piece of fabric separately.
 Step 4: Place the pretty sides together (one inside the other) and stitch along the scalloped bottom edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Step 5: With a sharp pair of scissors you are going to cut from the edge of the fabric to as close to the seam line as possible with out cutting through it ( don't cut through or it will make you swear).  Make sure you cut all the way to the point of the scallop.

You need to do this anytime you cut any type of curved edge (collars, necklines, armholes).  If the garment has a gradual curve, your clips can be further apart.  If you don't clip your edges it will look all wonky.
Close-up shot

 Step 6:  Turn skirt inside out an press. If your scallops, aren't looking good, go back and clip some more.
 Step 7: Topstich.  I think topstitching makes something look much more polished. I lined my fabric up with the presser foot on my machine and sewed very slowly, so it would look even and pretty.

Step 8: Do the waist band the same as in week's 2 and week 3.

Admire your work:  If you used 2 different prints-it's reversible!
Good Luck!  I'd love to see you creations.

(I am not sure how, but didn't realized I used the same fabric as last week until I was writing this up-now I feel smart)

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  1. I really love this! It would be perfect for my daughter for the spring or summer. Especially in bright colors or bold prints teamed with a solid shirt. Thank you for sharing !

  2. Thats great! I love scalloped hems...looks so cute!

  3. Super cute! I love the colors! I'd love for you to link up to Crafty Cousins.

    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins.

  4. This is SO CUTE!! I love the idea of a shaped bottom. I may need to make my daughter one.
    I'd love if you'd come link up at my first ever Tuesday Tutorial at Our Thrifty Ideas

  5. THANK YOU for this tutorial!!!!!! I'm just starting to sew and I soo want to make this skirt!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality linky party!

  6. Very nice work. Yes, that is how I would have done it also. Good stitching, too. Take care, Linda

  7. Thank you for sharing with all of us at Ginger's Party! I am featuring it on my blog today.
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

  8. That's so cute! I love that it's reversible. Thanks for linking up to What I Learned Wednesday!

  9. This is such a great idea,thanks for sharing!