At this point in the sew along, you have now experienced just how easy the Decades of Style Arches Skirt is to put together. It’s a beautiful skirt that has a lovely elegant look and because of its a-line cut, it’s also quite easy to wear.
A lovely skirt such as this really deserves to have a lining. A lining not only gives ease in wearing the skirt, but a lining also adds to the longevity of the garment by adding a buffer between the body and the fabric. Adding a lining to this skirt is really quite simple. Nothing will need to be done to the back skirt pattern, just cut it as it is. The front skirt needs a little tweaking as we really don’t want to deal with having the style lines or the pleats in the lining. Be sure to take a look at the video. In the video, I explain exactly how to create the lining and eliminate the style lines and pleats.
Once you have made your lining, attach it to the waist of the skirt, attach the waistband and fold back the lining along the zipper and hand stitch the lining to the zipper.
The final step is of course the hem. There is a little trick that I would like to share with you regarding the hem. If you have made an a-line skirt, you have probably experienced the hem being a little bulky and not laying flat when it is turned up. It’s really quite easy to compensate for this. As you can see in the picture below, I have not removed my basting stitches, which is okay as the stitches are just holding the interlining to the fashion fabric. Take note of the angled stitching line. If I sewed the seam as I typically would, the seam would run straight to the hem. In order to have a hem that will lay flat, simply angle the seam as you see below. Begin the angle at the point that you will turn up the hem.
Once the angle has been sewn in, simply trim the seam allowance and then press the seam allowance open.
A lovely finished hem is a must. A seam finish that I love and use quite often is the Hong Kong finish. With my wool skirt, I decided to accent the hem with a contrast binding. In order to do a Hong Kong finish, you will need bias tape. You can either make it yourself or purchase it as your local fabric store.
In order to have a smooth look to the front of my skirt, the hem is sewn with a catch stitch and the catch stitch is sewn between the inside of the hem and the backside of the skirt.
To create the Hong Kong seam finish, lay the bias tape along the edge of the hem. Sew the bias tape to the hem with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Fold the bias tape down and press. Now fold the bias tape to the back.
On the front side of the garment, stitch in the ditch.
You now have a clean finish on the front of the garment.
To do a catch stitch, using a needle and thread, take 1 stitch in the bias tape. Your needle will be facing to the left, but you will be working to the right. Now, pick up a thread in the fabric. This forms the catch stitch.
Now come back down and pick up a few threads in the bias tape.
Continue in thse manner around the entire hem of your garment.
By sewing the catch stitch between the back of the hem and the garment, the edge of the hem is not against the garment. This will keep the hem from making a mark on the front of the garment when pressed.
At this point, I think you now possess all the knowledge that you need to create an incredibly beautiful skirt!
Please be sure to check out the video for more tips and tricks!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the sew along as much as I have enjoyed sewing with you.