Following the pattern instructions, sew the back skirt and back skirt lining together, stopping at the transferred notches and press the seam open.
|Sewing fronts to backs|
Sew the front skirt to the back skirt on main skirt and the lining, matching notches.
For view A in can be helpful to draw the stitching line to help stitch neat curves. Take your time,lift the foot and turn when needed, slow and steady is the way!
|Trim the seams View A|
Trim the edges with pinking shears or follow the patterns suggestion of trimming and cutting notches as necessary.
|Trim the seams view B|
Following the pattern turn the skirts the skirts right side out,roll and finger press the side seams. When you are happy with the finish, press the seams with the iron. I press mine to one side.
|Skirt and lining view B|
As per pattern instructions, mark the stitching line and use pins to hold the layers together.
Top stitch this line.
This next step is a experiment. I love the scallops but was disappointed when they lay flat against the dress. So this time I have stitched them flat top and bottom to see if they will sit up a bit more.
|Pressed,pinned then stitched|
Place the skirt and skirt lining right sides together one inside the other. Pin around the bottom of the two skirts and sew together.
|The skirt SHOULD be longer than the lining!|
|Elastic marked in equal quarters|
Following the pattern, cut your elastic, join and mark in quarters(front,back,side seams). I cut my elastic a good 2'' shorter than the guide as I found my last dress did not balloon enough.
|Attaching elastic to the hem|
Pin the elastic to the hem evenly, this is simple! Match your pins to the front, back and side seams, a gentle stretch and a few extra pins!
|Zigzag the elastic to the seam allowance|
|Stretch the elastic as you slowly sew, I promise, it's not hard!|
|Top stitch the opening|
Match the skirt tops(top skirt and lining) pin together. Following the pattern, top stitch the back opening catching the lining.
|Skirt and bodice|
Two become One! ( Oh dear, channeling Spice Girls , time to go to bed)!
To be continued.....(only one more, promise)!