Now that all the pieces are cut out it is time to put them all together. First pin the darts together and sew them in. Start at the point reinforcing it well and sew out to the edge following the line drawn in dressmakers chalk.
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Press them flat. Next step pin the skirt sides together matching the pattern of the plaid pinning precisely. This is important and makes a big difference in the finished look of the garment. Nothing says "home made" like a mismatched plaid at the seam line. Sew up the left side of the skirt and then sew the right side just to the notch, reinforcing.
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I prefer to serge my seams for a professional look. On the right side since a zipper will be going in I serge only the fabric edges and machine stitch the seam itself. Now I serge the top edge of the skirt to stay the fabric.
Pressing time! It helps to make the sewing go smoothly if you press your seams as you sew.
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Now to the ruffle. Sew the front to the back pressing the seams and them serge the hem edge and press it over once and then again.
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Stitch it down with the needle over to the left so you just catch the edge of the fold. This gives a nice professional look and is called a shirttail hem.
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Make small cuts in the upper edge of the ruffle and matching seams pin it into the skirt easing where needed.
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Stitch in ruffle. I finish the raw edge with serging and then after pressing the seam up I topstitch it in place.
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Now for a quick try on to see how it fits! So I see that it is a little big in the waist and hip area so I take a seam in the center back that tapers down to the hem. After I try it on again it looks great!
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