In order to encourage novice sewers, we made a cutting layout and especially detailed instructions for this sweet & simple “Garden Flower” skirt. We created this photo tutorial to supplement those instructions.
You will find the patterns for this little skirt with a yoke in our spring issue 1/2010 in sizes 98-104-110-116-122-128-134-140-146 cm. Take a look at pages 6-7 and 34 for detailed instructions!
Fabrics for these two skirts are from textile designer Anna Maria Horner’s beautiful Garden Party collection. It is virtually sold out, but please visit Anna Maria’s blog to see her latest collections: annamariahorner.blogspot.com
Please notice! The fabric requirement give in the magazine is for 145 cm wide fabric. If you buy 112 cm / 44 inches wide fabric, you need: 55-60-65-70-75-80-85-90-95 cm or 22-24-26-28-30-32-34-36-38 inches.
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE "GARDEN PARTY" SKIRT
Fold fabric in half lengthwise and pin pattern pieces on fabric, placing pattern pieces for front yoke, skirt front and shaped facing for front on fabric fold. Draw seam allowances (1 cm) around pattern pieces. Cut garment pieces from fabric as indicated on list of pattern pieces. Mark placement of zipper with notches on center-back seam allowances on skirt back panels. Mark center-front points with notches on front yoke, skirt front panel and shaped facing for front.
(Notch = 3 mm deep clip into fabric edge.)
Stabilizing: Cut pieces of interfacing for shaped facings (see areas shaded in grey on small-scale patterns), adding 5 mm seam allowances. Iron interfacings onto wrong side of shaped facings. Use ironing cloth or baking sheet between iron and interfacing in order to prevent adhesive from sticking to base of iron. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying interfacing.
Construction techniques: Stitch seams with straight stitch and finish them with serger or zigzag stitch.
3 Stitch side seams
Joining: Pin skirt front and back panels together, right sides facing, and stitch side seams. Pin front and back yoke panels together, right sides facing, and stitch side seams. Finish side seams on both skirt and yoke section. Fold and press seam allowances toward back panels.
4 Stitch yoke to skirt
Pin and stitch yoke to skirt, right sides together. Fold and press seam allowances gently toward yoke.
5 Serge or zigzag center-back edges
Finish raw center-back edges and bottom-hem edge.
6 Stitch one zipper tape to skirt
Zipper: Open zipper and pin left zipper tape to garment’s left center-back edge, right sides together. Stitch zipper tape in place as close to coil as possible, using invisible zipper foot. Pin and stitch right zipper tape in place in the same way. Close zipper and check that yoke seam-lines are aligned. Stitch center-back seam from bottom of zipper placket down to bottom hem. Press seam open.
7 Stitch the other zipper tape in place
8 Join shaped facings
Shaped facing: Pin shaped facings for front and back together, right sides facing, and stitch side seams. Finish seams and fold and press seam allowances toward front panel. Finish raw bottom edge of shaped facing.
9 Stitch center-back edges of shaped facing to zipper placket
Pin and stitch center-back edges of shaped facing to edges of zipper placket, right sides together and with zipper in between. Place stitching 5 mm away from stitching line that attaches zipper.
10 Stitching shaped facing, right side
11 Stitch waist seam
Pin shaped facing to garment’s waist, right sides together, aligning side seams and center-front notches and folding center-back seam allowances toward shaped facing. Stitch waist seam.
12 Understitch seam allowances to shaped facing
Turn center-back corners right side out. Fold waist seam allowances toward shaped facing and understitch them to facing close to seamline.
13 Neat corner, wrong side
Press waist edge gently. Pin bottom edge of shaped facing to yoke seamline, working from right side of garment, and stitch it in place by stitching-in-the-ditch along yoke seamline.
14 Neat corner, right side
Finishing: Fold up and press 3 cm wide hem at bottom edge of garment and stitch it with straight stitch.
15 Oh - such a pretty skirt, front
16 Oh - such a pretty skirt, back