Skirt Sew-Along Part Three ~ Sewing the Skirt

on June 10 | in Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns, Summer Skirt Sew-Along | by | with 53 Comments

Today Kathie shares the third and final installment in our Skirt Sew-Along! Start with Part One (Materials, Preparing Pattern, Cutting Fabric), then follow along with Part Two (Sewing the Waistband & Shirring) right on through to today’s instructions where you’ll sew the whole skirt together! Tomorrow we’ll post a Q & A to make sure any questions you have in the comments are answered. We hope you’re ready to sew along!

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Sewing the Skirt Body:
1. Pin one pocket piece 2” down from the top edge of either side of both sides of your top skirt panels, aligned as in the photo.

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Sewing pocket pieces on the panel.

2. Sew the pocket pieces on to the sides of the skirt panels.
3. Place the top skirt panels right sides together, with the pocket pieces flared out.

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Sewing skirt panels together, with pocket.

4. Pin and sew from the top down the side of the skirt panel, pivoting and sewing around the outer edge of the pocket, then continuing down the side of the skirt.

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Stitching around pocket piece.

5. Repeat on the other side of outer skirt.

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Serging the sides.

6. Serge to finish, if you so choose.

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Pressed skirt panel with pocket.

7. Finish bottom of outer skirt with a rolled hem.

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Rolled hem.

8. Baste 1/2” around the top of the outer skirt for gathering.

Sewing the Skirt Lining:
9. Pin and sew down both side seams, matching underskirt panels up right sides together.

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Serged underskirt.

10. Serge to finish if you so choose.

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Rolled hem on underskirt.

11. Finish the bottom of the skirt lining with a rolled hem.

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Baste to gather.

12. Baste 1/2” around the top of under skirt for gathering.

Join Skirts & Waistband:
13. With skirt body right-side out, place the underskirt inside outer skirt, also right-side out. Place skirts inside waistband, which should be upside-down and inside out.

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Pinning skirts.

14. Match up side seams of both skirts and waistband. Pin.

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15. Adjust gathering by pulling up basting stitches to get all skirt layers to match width of the waistband. (Use a lot of pins– It gets messy.)

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16. Sew.

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17. Serge to finish, if you so choose!


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53 Responses to Skirt Sew-Along Part Three ~ Sewing the Skirt

  1. Sweetkeesha says:

    This is awesome. I’m going to try this out. I think it may be something that i can tackle!

  2. Cheryl says:

    So neat!

  3. kmckenzie says:

    this skirt is so cute!! i may just attempt this!

  4. cool

  5. lorena says:

    Great tutorial, can’t wait to try it. =)

  6. Trish B. says:

    I’m following along… except for the pockets! I don’t need ’em.

  7. Joke says:

    I really love that it has pockets, every skirt and dress should have a pocket! Thank you for the tutorial 🙂

  8. allison says:

    this is such a pretty skirt! thanks for the tutorial.

  9. Gray says:

    I love this turorial!! Still confused about the waistband, sewing the back and the front, but I have done them before in my hit and miss attack method and it works. But thankyou for sharing it… I was always curious about the elastic in the bobbin now I know!

  10. kerri says:

    Awesome smocking here; loved it!

  11. Ellen says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial! I love it, hopefully I’ll get a chance to try it soon!

  12. Len says:

    Cute! Inspired me to whip up a skirt of my own, 🙂

  13. alison says:

    I think I have to try this skirt – adding to my never ending list of sewing projects to get to!

  14. Marcia W. says:

    How would you finish the seams and hems if do not have a serger? What do you recommend?

  15. Faith says:

    This is very handy. Thanks!

  16. Java Jane says:

    Such clever people!

    Jane (who is really working on visualizing then transforming)

  17. Vanessa says:

    Today I’ll go buy the materials! With this great tutorial it seems so easy!

  18. Ruth says:

    Great instructions and a pretty skirt. Thank you.

  19. sang says:

    This is a great tutorial, I am loving the pockets! Can’t wait to make one!

  20. Jennifer S. says:

    Aaaah, you make it seem so easy and do-able however, how do you handle the noise from the machine waking the babies? Hhhhmmmm ?

  21. Katie says:

    I gotta get sewing…

  22. nopinkhere says:

    Definitely not to this point, but I’ve got my fabric cut out finally!

  23. kathie says:

    oh and don’t forget to IRON it all when you’re done. IRON all that gathering and it will be way more flattering. WAY more.

  24. kathie says:

    lina you are my new best friend. but acutally i don’t have a tiny waist. in fact, after two children and a deep abiding love of sierra nevada, i don’t really have a waist at all. i think the trick is in the higher waistband. it sort of hides the waist/no waist issue.

  25. Mindy says:

    I like the pocket. I hate clothes without pockets.

  26. 4vs1 says:

    I love reading through these tutorials. I am teaching myself to sew and there are so many things to learn. I am finding tutorials a great way to learn different tricks and techniques in sewing.

  27. Ginger says:

    thanks for the great tutorial. The pictures made it very clear.

  28. Rochelle says:

    Adorable! I think I’ll make several for my daughter!

  29. Christine says:

    What a cute skirt!

  30. Rachel says:

    I think you could also use the serger for the rolled hem . . . maybe I’ll try that since I otherwise always have to do hems by hand.

  31. Mama Lusco says:

    Finished mine but it’s too small in the waist and too mini 🙁 I also had trouble with the pockets and sewed them shut. Glad I used an old curtain panel and not my nice fabric! I’ll likely try again, though. Hope everyone else’s turns out better 🙂

  32. Hmmm, that doesn’t look too hard after all! Time to go digging in my fabric to see what would look cute as this skirt.

  33. ~Helena~ says:

    So awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  34. bonnie says:

    the skirt is so cute, thanks for the tutorial

  35. sy says:

    now i know how to make a pocket.

  36. Melissa says:

    Desperately trying to find some cute vintage floral fabric to make this skirt! Thanks for the tutorial!

  37. says:

    cute, cute!!

  38. Kathie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. It is always so informative to see how others sew.

  39. grace says:

    i’m guessing it’s a zig zag stitch to sew the skirt to the waist?

  40. Wendy says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I haven’t started yet, but will be making a skirt this weekend.

  41. Joy says:

    Great tutorial! the fabric is so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Serena says:

    What GREAT pockets!

  43. Rebecca says:

    great tutorial.

  44. Love this skirt. Adorable!

  45. Yay! Totally making this skirt (albeit in a far less festive khaki and unlined — I’m a unique rebel).

  46. Leandre says:

    I like the skirt a lot and am considering making it–perhaps without the pockets, though.

  47. PeachRainbow says:

    thank you!

  48. Lina says:

    I’m quite tempted to give this one a try since it seems pretty easy, but I still worry I won’t be able to wear it. It seems like one would need a tiny waist like the girl in the picture to pull it off.

  49. Liz says:

    I’m slightly confused about how to finish the top of the skirt without a serger?

  50. Agnes Wong says:

    Awesome skirt! I am now inspired to make one…now to decide on the fabric 🙂

  51. Laura says:

    This is such a great tutorial! I will have to add it to my list of projects.

  52. Tong says:

    You make it look so easy!

  53. Claire says:


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