August Skirt Sew Along

Assemble Skirt Square

5 — Assemble and Hem

26—January 2021

We will now assemble and hem your August Skirt

August Skirt Sew Along — 5 — Assemble your Skirt and Hemming
Jan 26 2021
1 Side Seams Pinned
2 Side Seams Sewn

Next we will sew the side seams. With the right sides together, pin the font piece to the back at the side seam. Sew together then neaten the raw with your overlocker, or preferred method. Press the seam to the back. Repeat for both sides.

4 Attach belt loops
5 Sew belt loops

Next we will attach the belt loops and waistband. You might find it easiest to work with your skirt inside out when completing these steps.

First attach the belt loops. We placed two belt loops on the front, one at the centre pleat on each side of centre front. At the back, we placed four belt loops, one at the inverted pleat, and one at the pleat closest to the side seam on each side. Pin your belt loops, then baste them in place at the waist edge. Next, secure your belt loops by sewing 2cm from the raw edge, back tacking at the beginning and end of your stitching.

7 Pinned Waistband

Now, pin your waistband to your skirt with the right sides together, matching the notches and leaving your waistband facing free. Sew the waistband to your skirt with a 1cm seam allowance.

8 Pin WB
9 Fold up and Pin WB

Press the seam you have just sewn up, into the waistband. Pin the facing to the waistband to close the waist seam. Ensure that everything is laid flat. It can help to pin each side separately, working from the centre front to the centre back. Fold the bias binding on the waistband facing seam allowance back at each so it doesn't catch in the zip and to give a tidy finish.

10 Stictch In Ditch

Now, enclose the waistband by stitching in the ditch from the right side. Start and finish at the centre back, making sure to catch the facing on the underside, and that you are keeping the belt loops out of the way as you sew.

If your machine’s buttonhole foot is particularly long, you may prefer to do your buttonhole now before completing your belt loops.
11 Fold up Belt Loop
11 Pin Belt Loop

To finish your belt loops, fold the free end of the loops under 1cm. Next, pin them in place so the folded edge is flush with the top of the waistband.

11 Finished Belt Loop

Now secure your belt loops in place at the top with a row of stitching, back tacking at the beginning and end. Flatten the belt loop and secure the bottom edge with stitching in the same way as the top. Repeat for all belt loops.

11 Fold up and Pin Skirt Hem
13 Finished Hem

Next we will sew the hem. At the bottom of your skirt, fold under and press up the 1cm seam allowance, then fold up another 8cm for the hem. The pressing you did at the beginning will help here. Edge stitch your hem to close it up and give it a press. You're nearly finished!

13 Sew on Button

To complete your skirt assembly, sew a buttonhole on the waistband tab. This is the left hand side of your skirt as it is worn. Use the Buttonhole Placement Template to help you. If your button varies in size to the recommended, you will need to adjust the length of your buttonhole accordingly. Sew a button on the righthand side of the waistband, opposite your buttonhole.

15 Finished Skirt

Clip your threads and give your August Skirt a final press. You're all finished!

Check out the August Skirt pattern in our Online Store here. Don't forget you can always email us via [email protected] if you need advice!

August makes from our wonderful community are also popping up over on Instagram, follow @makebytfs and use #TFSAugustSkirt so others can check out your creations!

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