I’m having a bit of a love affair with this fabric at the moment and amidst the mayhem of wedding dresses in the studio decided that life couldn’t go on unless I made this fabric up into a skirt.
I used a yoke from an old Burda pattern (8677 incase you are interested – but I’m not sure if it is still in print) and then drafted the skirt as a half circle (two quarter circles) to fall from the yoke to maximise the fabulous print.
At the last moment I decided to add pockets to my skirt. Everything is better with pockets, right? So I drew myself a side seam pocket pattern (you could borrow one from another pattern), shaping the top edge to match the top edge of my skirt panel, so that it would be caught into the seam when later attaching the yoke. I cut 4 pieces from my fabric (2 pairs).
With the right sides facing, lay one pocket piece onto the skirt panel, keeping the edges flush.
Pin, and sew.
Fold the pocket out and under stitch, catching the seam allowances to the pocket.
Fold the lower part of the pocket up and snip the seam allowance below the under stitching.
Place the other half of the pocket, rights sides facing. Pin and sew around the pocket curve, keeping the snipped seam allowance free.
Stop the stitching 15mm from the edge of the pocket seam allowance.
Flip the pocket under to the inside of the skirt panel.
See how the seam allowances are all sticking out?
Pin the upper edges of the pocket and skirt together, they should be flush.
Press the edge of your pocket.
Next, prepare the seam allowance for a zip by pressing a strip of interfacing to the inside of the skirt panel, catching the snipped seam allowance and the pocket under the interfacing. (If you are going to finish the edge of your pocket, do it before applying the interfacing).
I then attached the yoke of my skirt, pressed the seam allowances up, and overlocked the raw edge.
Zip at the ready!
Open the zip and pin down one side of the side seam, taking care not to catch the edge of your pocket opening, but nestling the zip teeth nice and close to it.
Stitch into place.
Close the zip, and mark onto the other side of the zipper tape any critical points that need to match (for me this was the yoke seam) and the bottom of your first row of stitching. I’d normally use chalk or a pencil, here I’ve used pins so that you can see more clearly.
Undo the zip and flip the second side of the tape over and matching up the critical points, pin into place.
Stitch, and admire.
Close the seam below the zip, by swinging the excess zip out of the way and pinning from the bottom of the zip down to the hem.
Stitch, then press the seam allowances open.
Well, I hope you find this useful. Most of my ‘ooh I could just add…” afterthoughts turn into mammoth tasks but this one was surprisingly quick to add, and worth every moment of effort.
I LOVE this skirt. LOVE it!
See you soon (well, you’ll probably see me first in this little number),