Friday, June 22, 2012

Sew-Along #3 – Bella Skirt - Lesson 1

The Bella Skirt

Please note that I am not following the exact order and directions on the pattern. I do however encourage you to read the directions all the way through before starting to familiarize yourself with the steps.  I also want to remind everyone that if you would like to enlarge any of the images posted in this blog, just click on them.  Finally; if you have any questions, suggestions, or tips to share; please make sure to post them on our Facebook group.

1. Drawing Out Your Pattern Pieces.

All of the pieces for this skirt are rectangles.  You can skip this part if you wish, but I find it helpful to draw out all of my pattern pieces onto freezer paper.  The freezer paper patterns make it super easy to cut out your fabric and can be reused over and over.  It will also help you visualize placement of the pattern pieces on your fabric so that you don't cut anything incorrectly and end up not having enough fabric.  You will need freezer paper, a straight edge, and a sharpie marker.

A. Carefully create your pattern pieces according to the specified sizes listed in your pattern.  You will be making the following.

  • Waistband
  • Piece #1 for Tier #1
  • Piece #2 for Tier #1
  • Tier #2
  • Upper Ruffle
  • Lower Ruffle
  • Petticoat 
Make sure to transfer all information onto your pattern pieces for quick reference.

B. Cut out your pattern pieces.

2. Cutting Out Your Fabrics.

A. Before you start cutting out your fabric it might be a good idea to either print out from our website the picture that has each fabric labeled A, B, C, and D or if you didn't buy a kit from us, make sure you note what each of your fabrics are.  This will help you keep it all straight when you go to cut out your fabric pieces.

B. Make sure all of your fabrics are ironed well.  Once you have finished pressing, it is time to iron on your freezer paper pattern pieces.  Following the cutting directions on your pattern, iron each pattern piece onto your fabrics.

Beware: If you are using a print with a direction, such as the Fly A Kite line, you want to make sure you line up the pattern piece along the print, so it is straight and not upside down.

Beware: The amount of Fabric A needed for the size 5/6 skirt is just enough. If you are making a size 5/6, please be careful when cutting your pattern pieces.  Make sure you have enough fabric to get ALL of the pieces that you need.
Beware: Please make sure when you iron the freezer paper onto the fabric that the glossy side is down, ie. the glossy side should be touching your fabric.

DO NOT touch the iron to the glossy side of your freezer paper! It will melt and make a mess of your iron.

Run the iron along the freezer paper until it is stuck to the fabric.  Once you are done use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut out your fabric pieces.

3. Sewing Together the Pieces

Please note that all seam allowances are 1/4" for this pattern.

A. Grab your waistband piece.  This will be a single piece of fabric and should have been cut from fabric A.

With right sides together, sew up the short sides of the fabric forming a circular band.  Set the waistband aside.

B. Next, grab your two piles of Tier #1 pieces.  You should have 6 small pieces from Fabric B and 6 larger pieces from fabric C.

With right sides together, sew a smaller piece to a larger piece.

Keep adding pieces to the strip, making sure right sides are together, and that your fabrics are going in the direction you want.

When you get to the last strip, sew it on and then sew the whole strip together forming a circular band like you did with the waistband.  

Set Tier #1 aside.

C.  Grab your Tier #2 pieces.  This will be two long, thin pieces cut from fabric B.

With right sides together, sew up the two side seams forming a circular band.

Set aside Tier #2.

D. Finally, grab the 4 petticoat pieces.  You should have 2 cut from Fabric A, 1 cut from fabric C, and 1 from fabric D.

Sew together the four pieces forming a long, circular band.  Sew the seams on the short ends of the rectangles.  Make sure you sew the two Fabric A pieces so they are not right next to each other.

That's it.  We are all done!  Congratulations on finishing lesson one.

Thanks for sewing with me,
Danielle Storm

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