Finishing your skirt and Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup

Welcome to Episode 11 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: Finishing your skirt and the Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup

 

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

We are on the final small step – your skirt is very nearly finished.  If this is the first time you have sewn something for yourself, or sewn at all, then I am sure you must be very proud of your work.  Congratulations and well done for coming such a long way.

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Finishing your skirt

There is very little still left to do. It will only take us a few minutes.

  • Try on the skirt and take a look at the lining. You want your lining hemmed up neatly out of the way so that it won’t show below the outer hemline when you wear the skirt.
  • Mark with a pin how much you need to take up. Use your handy sliding seam gauge to mark up 1/4 inch all the way round, turn and press.
  • Then turn up again to your marked hemline.  Pin in place.
  • Sew with a regular straight stitch.

Sew a Skirt Tutorial series from So Sew Easy.  Pattern drafting, choosing fabric, darts, zippers, lining, hemming and more.  Everything you need to learn to sew is here.

 

  • Now press your lining hemline.
  • Look over the rest of the skirt, snip any loose threads and give it a final press.
  • Now model your skirt for the admiring world to see and take some pictures to send me!

How did your skirt come out? I’m delighted with mine, even though I already have two the same, by making it in a different fabric, it feels like a totally different skirt, yet still with a great fit.

Sew a Skirt Tutorial series from So Sew Easy.  Pattern drafting, choosing fabric, darts, zippers, lining, hemming and more.  Everything you need to learn to sew is here.  How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Sew a Skirt Tutorial series from So Sew Easy.  Pattern drafting, choosing fabric, darts, zippers, lining, hemming and more.  Everything you need to learn to sew is here.

 

Step by step recap

The final step by step for how to draft and sew this skirt, with all the links now in one place:

  1. Chose your fabric and get your tools ready – Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric
  2. Measure yourself and draw up your pattern using the tutorial and spreadsheet – Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances
  3. Cut our your fabric – Cutting your fabric and pattern matching
  4. Mark your darts – Marking darts perfectly
  5. Sew the darts – Sewing darts perfectly
  6. Looking at the different zipper feet
  7. Sew in your invisible zipper and sew up the side seams – Inserting an invisible zipper
  8. Neaten your seams, cut out your lining and add it at the waist of the skirt  – First steps for adding a skirt lining
  9. Sew the lining to the zipper tape and finish inside – Lining a skirt by machine
  10. Sew up the hemline on your skirt – Hemming the skirt
  11. Sew up the hemline on your lining – Finishing and round up

 

I really hope you have enjoyed the Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series, and have learned some new sewing tips along the way.  I’m always keen to feature readers projects and photos, so if you have a blog, do send me a link.  Or if you just like to sew and don’t have a blog, do send me some photos and I’ll be happy to feature them in a readers skirts roundups.  I think it will be so much fun to see the fabric everyone chooses.

If you want to learn more about sewing, these are a few books I can recommend to get your started.

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8 Responses to Finishing your skirt and Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup

  1. Carol Bellin says:

    Love the series and will be making a sample skirt for my daughter out of a sheet as soon as I can.

  2. Janey D says:

    Hi Deb,

    Thanks for the tutorial. I found it yesterday and have read through it all this evening. I am fairly new to sewing and just love reading your blog. I am originally from England and now live in Australia and am also of the generation that uses inches and cm. I am quite happy to sew in cm but buying ready to wear for hubby in cm messes with my head. I am looking forward to making the skirt, I think it would look great in suiting fabric for my winter corporate wardrobe.

  3. ldichter2014 says:

    OH.. This is such a clear sewalong! I sent it to all of my sewing friends… Thank you for sharing! Will start working on it as soon as I have some spare time and will reply back with results!! 🙂

  4. Barbara says:

    Hi Deby, I just got this tutorial tonight and didn’t see where you did a step by step for the waist band. Did I miss something or is it out yet? This is so easy. I will be going out to Jo Anns tomorrow for material and zipper. LOVE THIS!!! Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to help those who are learning to sew. We can now do this with confidence. May God Bless You and Yours.

    • Deby Coles says:

      This skirt doesn’t actually have a waistband. The lining sews right to the top for a nice finished edge and no button or closure to worry about, no waistband cutting in. I love sewing my skirts this way, the lining feels so nice and its comfortable for me without the waistband. The skirt just sits nicely without one. I’m so excited that you are following along. Will you share your finished skirt with us?

      • Barbara says:

        Yes I will as long as it runs out good 🙂 LOL. I am just starting back to sewing after 38-40 years. OH MY did I say that? Hmmmm.

  5. Roxie West says:

    I recently found your site and the skirt directions. I made the pattern and the skirt — IT FITS! On my next skirt I will not be so freaked out by the invisible zipper and I will leave a bit of space at the waistline for a hook and eye or some other closure. Thank you so much for this information, I love my skirt. Roxie in KS

    • Deby Coles says:

      That’s great to hear that you had success in making your own skirt – well done. It will be so quick to sew up some more now. Did you also see the video tutorial on the invisible zipper? Might give you some extra tips for next time.

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