Gathering your skirt
Welcome back to the Amy sewalong! Let's get stuck in.
SETTING UP YOUR MACHINE
We're going to be running a large, straight stitch along the top edge of the skirt, so set your stitch length as long as possible.
MAKING THE GATHERS
I find it easiest to gather each panel one at a time – the front of the skirt, and then the two back skirt pieces. This is because sewing over the side seams can cause bulk in the waistband and make it difficult to gather.
Sew right up to the side seam, but stop just before. Leave a tail of thread, and remember not to backstitch at the beginning or end!
Gently pull your top thread to gather up the skirt. As the gathers are made, guide them along the thread to distribute them evenly.
Don't worry too much about making tight gathers right up to the edges of the skirt. We're going to be setting the zip into the back seam, so you will want a bit of flat fabric to work with. So you can safely leave your seam allowance untouched.
DEALING WITH THE POCKETS
Fold your pockets in toward the centre front of the skirt, and pin them in place.
By hand, baste the pockets in place with a contrasting colour thread. You can take this stitching out later, this is just done so that your pockets stay put (without any pesky pins) while you attach the waistband.
Nicely done! We'll be attaching our waistbands next. If you want to go back and catch up on what you might have missed, see what we did last time when we sewed the pockets.