I don’t know about you but I am feeling a little giddy over the first few tastes of spring weather we’ve enjoyed. Maybe you live in a part of the country (or world) that isn’t seeing those early blossoms on the trees or the daffodils opening up to the sunshine but here in my little part of the world spring is making her debut appearance. Bring on the rainbow of flowers, the long stretching daylight, windows open and curtains blowing in the breeze and bring on the spring sewing! Fresh fabric palettes and warm weather silhouettes…I’m ready. How about you? If you need some inspiration then I’ve got a treat for you. Elizabeth over at CottonBelle Boutique has already gotten her spring sewing on and in the most fabulous way. Using a knock out combination of patterns from LilyGiggle, Brownie Goose & MouseHouseCreations and sewn up in those gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics, she has hit it out of the park! Love!
See all the beauty here.
You made it to day 5!! I hope you are loving how your dress is turning out. It’s Elizabeth here with you today to help you get your dress finished up and ready for your little princess.
You should have two skirt pieces cut so let’s get to working on them. Take your two skirt pieces and sew them together at the side seams. Finish your seams with a serger or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. I always prefer to hem my skirt before I attach, but that it totally a preference. To hem my skirt, I serged the bottom edge and then ironed the serged edge up.
It takes a minute to iron that edge up but it makes for quick sewing when you take it to the machine and turn it up once again. I love the crisp, even edge.
Now we are ready to attach the skirt to the bodice. When I gather a skirt that is 2x SW I always gather in two sections- front and back. My gathering stitches have been known to break if I try to do that all in one section, so splitting it in half has helped prevent that. As you can see in my photo, I ran two gathering stitches for my skirt. This is optional. One will work, but two is even better. 🙂 My mom and grandma taught me to gather this way when I was little. Some times the old tricks are the best ones! I will confess that I don’t always do a double gathering stitch but if you ever have trouble getting your gathers even, this will save you. The double row makes beautiful, even gathers.
Find the side seams of your skirt and pin them RST to the side seams of your bodice.
Tie off one end of your gathering threads and pull from the other end to fit your skirt to the bodice. Adjust gathers and pin in place.
Stitch skirt to bodice. Take your dress to the ironing board and steam that seam to perfection. You are DONE!!!
Beth and I hope you have enjoyed this sew-along and maybe even learned a few things. We can’t wait to see all your photos!
I don’t know about you but I’m getting excited as I see how much we’ve done! I’m especially excited about today’s detail…the knit waistband. I’ve spent so much time and lots of trial and error to get this simple idea to work and look just like I wanted it to so it may not be nearly as exciting for you as it is for me but I think you’ll like it.
If you’ve ever done a yoga waistband then this will be very familiar to you because it is done in the same way. First, put the 2 waistband pieces RST, pin and sew the short ends.
Next, fold the waistband in half lengthwise. Press. Be sure that the open edges along the bottom are lined up just right.
Divide the waistband and the bottom of the bodice into quarters…side seams, CF and CB. Pin.
Line up each point of the waistband with the corresponding point of the bodice and pin.
Machine-baste them together all around the bottom. Be sure not to stretch the bodice but do stretch the waistband to fit.
Voila! Perfect knit waistband!
Tomorrow is our last day…can you believe it? Elizabeth is going to take over and show you how to add the skirt. We’re so close!