|Gathering the top of the skirt|
Gather the top of the skirt between the notches(these were the stars on the pattern). I set my stitch length to 4 and that works well. I don't touch my tension as the pattern suggests.
|Pulling up the threads|
|The gathered edge|
|Attaching the skirt to the bodice|
Pin the RIGHT side of the BODICE LINING to the INSIDE of the skirt, lining to lining.
Pin the bodice away from the edge to prevent catching it when you sew.
|Turn inside to stitch|
My machine doesn't have a sewing arm, so I turn mine inside to stitch.
|Ready to sew|
|Sewing between the gathering threads|
Sew slowly and carefully between the gathering threads watching for tucks and making sure your gathers are even.
Carefully pin the bodice to the top of the skirt covering your previous stitch line. Pin in larger increments first and gradually pin closer, easing as you go.
Check your seam for tucks.
Add as many pins as you need-take your time with this step!
|Topstitching the bodice.|
Taking your time stitching closely to the edge, topstitch the bodice to the skirt.
Carefully remove the gathering stitch, a pin works well to slip through the stitch. Don't tug or you may leave holes in your fabric.
|The finished seam|
Choose your buttons and decide on placement.
I use sticky tape as a button hole guide cutting it a little longer then my buttons.
Cut your button holes, placing a pin long ways to prevent cutting through accidently, make a small slash with a quick-un-pick.
Then snip the button holes with small sharp scissors.
Mark your button placement.
I sticky tape my buttons in position.
Then I sew them on with the machine using the bar tack stitch of my button hole stitch.
I pull the threads to the back with a pin.
And tie a double knot.
When I am sure it is secure, snip the threads.
So much quicker than sewing them on by hand!
There you go, bubbles galore!