Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sew-Along #33 - Sailboat Outfit - Lesson #8

The Sailboat Outfit by Oliver+S

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Welcome to Day 8
Before we begin with today's lesson be sure to read all of the patterns instructions. Today, and throughout the entire sew along, you will need your pattern in hand to go along with each lesson. Some things I will share/teach will not be in the pattern, but are some tricks and tips I have learned over the years from sewing this pattern. 

Today we will continue with our skirts. Some of the methods I will be using are not in the pattern,such as the lining and some of the finishing techniques so if you have any questions along the way please don't hesitate to ask. Ready? Let's start! 

 1. Finish the side raw edges of the front skirt on both sides. Be careful not to trim any of the fabric away.

2. For the lined version only, place the main back skirt and lining skirt together with right sides together.

3. Add interfacing 1" squares to bottom of the open part as directed in the pattern. Transfer the pattern markings onto the back skirt piece.

4. Pin in place and baste these two pieces together. Treat as one piece from here on out.

5. A. Finish the raw side and center edges on the skirt.

B. I used my serger on mine.To make a nice corner on the center part, first pull your center straight like pictured below. Serge it as if it was one long straight piece and not a rectangle shape. When finished with your serge part, place the skirt piece back as cut out and press well. Prefectly serged corners!

6. Fold the back skirt with right sides facing at the back center. Pin the center together above the kick plate.

7. Start stitching at the top and stitch down to the dot you transferred earlier and stop.  Lock your stitches at the dot.

8. Fold your skirt piece back open again and press the seam and the kick plate well.

9. Now place your skirt back with the right side facing up, then place the skirt front on top of it with the wrong side facing up. This will leave the skirt front and back with the right sides facing. Match the top of the skirt front to the second notch down on the back skirt. Pin the sides together. Repeat with opposite side. Stitch both sides of your skirt.
10. Now take your skirt in hand and open up the side seam at the front side panel.

11. Cut the seam only on the side front panel to the the stitching but not through the stitching, leaving the seam on the back side untouched. The photo below shows the seam cut.

12. Press your side seam open but have the front panel seam pressed towards the back of the skirt. Don't worry about this raw edge on the cut, we are going to tidy this up on the next step. This tip I learned from my good friend Nicole, and I always use it on this pattern.

13. With the skirt facing the wrong side out we are going to sew a bar-tack right over open seam where it was cut. (Through both the uncut and cut side of the seam for a nice uniform look from the outside.) Use either a bar-tack stitch or a narrow zig-zag stitch to sew your bar-tack in place.

14. This is what it will look like from the inside of the skirt.

This is the outside view of the bar-tack. I love how this finished the raw edge and looks so nice from both the inside and outside. Repeat with opposite side seam.

This will be were we are going to leave off for today, please come back tomorrow as we finish up our skirts! I hope you are excited as I am! 

Let us know if you have any questions for today's lesson either here or in the Facebook group. Also be sure to add a photo of today's lesson in our Facebook sew along album. I will see you lovely ladies back here tomorrow as we finish up!

Happy sewing,

*If you would like to earn entries into the prize drawing, please make sure to submit a photo of your completed Lesson Eight to this Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Monday, September 12th. If you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask.

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