Friday, September 9, 2016

Sew-Along #33 - Sailboat Outfit - Lesson #9

The Sailboat Outfit by Oliver+S

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Welcome to Day 9

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 is the last day of our sew long and the most exciting as we finish up our outfits!! This is always my favorite day as I get to see everyone's finished garments. 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. First we are going to make the casing for the elastic. Turn your skirts inside out first. Press the back under a 1/2" then again 1" again. This is where the top notch is at on the back side of the skirt. It will help you to measure the distance down for pressing.

2. Stitch the fold in place.

3. Measure and cut your elastic according to the pattern chart, then insert your elastic into the back casing. Now stitch your elastic in place. I am going to show a little trick that I do for all my back only elastic shorts/skirts.  I move the inside of the elastic casing edge out of the way (You can pin it if you would like) and then stitch the elastic in place right over the side seam, or "stitch in the ditch," on both sides.
Outside view.

 Inside view.

4.  From the inside, tuck the elastic into the casing.

5. Then simply hand stitch the casing closed.

6. To make your hem, press the bottom raw edge up a 1/2" then again another 1". Pin in place then stitch around. Take your time on the kick plate part to get a nice even hem. 

7. After you stitch your hem press the hem again, taking care to press the back kick plate in place.

8. Stay stitch the kick plate in place from the wrong side, down a 1/2" from the top edge of the kick plate.

This is the back view, a nice professional looking skirt.

The very last step? Try it on your daughter, granddaughter, or any little girl in your life and admire all your hard work!!

Happy sewing,

*If you would like to earn entries into the prize drawing, please make sure to submit a photo of your completed Lesson Nine to this Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Tuesday, September 13th. If you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask.

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