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Peggy Sue Sew Along Day 4

Niina Kivelä

Guest blogger Natalie Hidalgo

Day 4 Constructing the Skirt

I’m so glad you are back! Now that we have constructed our bodice, it is time to put our skirt together. Threads and Stitches has a special prize for one of you!! In order to qualify, you must post at least one photo in the Little Lizard Sewing Cafe, Peggy Sue Sew Along photo album, of your progress. AND you must post a final picture as well in the Peggy Sue Sew Along album!!

When cutting the skirt pieces there are several choices.

No Ruffle                                        

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-If you are creating the ruffled option, you must decide if you are going to add the ruffle to the current length OR subtract the length of the ruffle from the length of the skirt.  We will add the ruffle in a few minutes. 

- Cut the fabric pieces as directed, in the pattern.  You will end up with two semi-circle pieces. 

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Let’s create pockets!

- Serge the straight edges of the skirt.

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-Serge the four pocket pieces all the way around.  The fabric will begin to pucker, slightly.  Iron it down.

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- Measure 1.5 inches down from the top of the skirt and baste one side of the pockets in place, with a half inch seam allowance.  Baste down all 4 four pieces.  Open and press down the seam.

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- Place skirt pieces right sides together and pin in place.  Make sure that the pocket pieces are pressed away from the skirt and also pinned together.  Starting at the top of the skirt, sew down to the top of the pocket. Lift the presser foot and pivot, sewing around the pocket. When you get back to the skirt, at the bottom of the pocket, pivot again and continue sewing down to the bottom of the skirt. 

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- Turn the skirt pieces right sides out and press the pocket seams.

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Hemming the Skirt

If you are not adding the ruffle, serge or zig zag stitch around the circumference of the skirt.  Turn the hem up ¼ inch wrong sides together and hem.  

Adding the ruffle

- The pattern calls for you to measure the circumference of the skirt and multiply it by 1.5 to 2 times to get the width of the ruffle.  You can choose to follow the pattern for adding the ruffle or try out this hack. 

-I have found a fun and simple way, that works for me, and may work for you.  I like to cut about 6 strips of fabric that are 3-4 inches long and are the WOF.  I sew them together at the ends into one long strip.  I then set my serger to a rolled hem and adjust the tension, to create one long ruffle.  See the picture of the settings I use on my serger. 

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- Then I start pinning the right side of the ruffle to the right side of the fabric, matching the raw edge of the skirt to the ruffled end.  Go all the way around, pinning the ruffle onto the skirt.  Trim all of the excess ruffle, sew the raw ends of the ruffle together and then pin to attach to the skirt.

- Sew the ruffle to the skirt with a half inch seam allowance and then serge the ends together.  Topstitch all the way around the skirt.

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Congratulations, you created the skirt!!  Don’t forget to post one of your in progress pictures in the café, using #PeggySueSAL, in order to qualify for the fabric prize from Threads and Stitches.  Tomorrow, we will attach the skirt to the bodice.