Welcome back to part three of the Panel Skirt sew along. Part one and two are here if you want to catch up. Today we’re making the basic design with loads of photos and instructions. If you’re feeling confident then skim over the directions and make it up how you feel comfortable. There’s always more than one way to do something – this is how I do it.
Points to note
- all panel seams are 1cm
- I’ve overlocked my edges, but you can get away with zigzagging over the edges to stop them fraying
- elastic is 2.5cm wide and cut to suit your comfort. I like to wrap the elastic around my waist to check it’s not too loose
- You can still download the pattern here
I’ve chosen some nifty green quilting cotton with some jaunty cups and plates. It’s non directional – meaning the design has no right way up – and will be perfect for this skirt since I like to be economical when I cut. This means I can have the centre front/back panel one way, and have the side panel upside down next to it to fit across the fabric with minimal wastage. If your fabric has a nap – a one way design – then all your pieces will need to be sitting all in the same direction.
Join your side seams, then join one of the centre front/back panels to one side. Repeat this step with the other pieces. Lay your two sewn parts together with right sides facing. Sew the last two panel seams.
Overlock or neaten the seams along with the hem and top edges. Your skirt should now be in one piece and ready for a press.
Join your elastic to make a loop. Read ahead to the next step to see if this is how you want to proceed. Add any labels or ribbons to indicate the back.
Next we’re inserting the elastic in the casing IN ONE STEP. Feel free to sew your casing first then thread your elastic if you prefer. With the elastic laying on the wrong side of the skirt, turn over the casing 3.5cm, then turn under the edge 6mm (or the width of the overlocking.) Sew close to this folded edge being careful not to catch the elastic as you go.
Pull the elastic and ease fabric around to make it easier for you to sew.
Once you’ve stitched around, manipulate the fabric so it’s even around the waist. I like to sew a second row of stitching to stop the elastic spinning around within the casing.
Turn up a 4cm hem making sure your seams are straight. Doing this will ensure your hem edge eases in neatly around the slight curve of the hem. Sew on the inner edge of the overlocking to make it stronger during washing.
Give your skirt a final press and admire your handiwork. You may even feel inclined to make a short video like I did –
Next week I’ll show you some ways to adapt the skirt pattern to get a few different looks. Please let me know if you have any troubles and be sure to use the hashtag #skirtsewalong and #thesewquiltyworkshop so I can check out your creations.