I originally planned a three part Sew-a-Long for the Ribbon Skirt, but I discovered after sewing the ribbons in place the rest is simple enough to complete in a single post, thanks to Julie Starr.
For newcomers to the Sew-a-Long, everything you need to know is located HERE.
13. Finish the seam allowances as desired. Julie serged her seam allowances and pressed the seam open while Sarah bound the edges. A press ham was necessary for this curved seam.
Moment of truth! How did you do?
14. Pin and sew the left side seam from the zipper placement dot to the lower hem.
15. Finish seam allowances as desired.
16. Staystitch the waistline 1/2″ from upper edge.
17. Insert an invisible zipper in the left side seam.
18. Add waistline facings as your pattern directs and finish with a hook and eye above the zipper. (Sarah faced the waistline with a matching ribbon to the top row.)
Wear your skirt and enjoy all the oohs and aahs!! (Dry clean only!) Julie Starr
Well, I adore my skirt!
I let a friend try mine on this morning and have promised to make one for her.
I am amazed that the ribbons do not wrinkle after sitting! Always nice and crisp :)
Now that you have all of the basic instructions, I’ll briefly describe my skirt and sewing experience.
- You may notice a couple of extra rows of ribbon in my skirt compared to Julie’s. I bought my ribbon from two different sources. I discovered upon marking the layers that one brand was slightly smaller than 1 1/2″. It was 1 3/8″. To ensure proper layering, I reduced the distance between the layers by 1/8 inch making it necessary to add a couple of extra rows.I planned to make a skirt with four colors until I saw the lavender ribbon on top of my neatly arranged ribbons on the front side. Adding a new color completely changed the layout and I stitched the front trouble-free.
- When I reached the back I was short on the lavender by one row. Since I had added extra rows I was short of every color! As it turned out I had to add one row of a 6th color to make it work, and fortunately I love the ever changing hues.
- So…… lay out both front and back before stitching :)
- I cut my skirt out a size larger as instructed but it was still a little large after attaching the ribbons resulting in 1 inch seams.
- Otherwise I followed Julie’s fine instructions step-by-step for an excellent result!
Many of you have informed me of your color choices adding up to quite a variety! I so look forward to seeing your completed ribbon skirt and would enjoy receiving an email with your photo at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please let me know if I have permission to share your photo on my blog.
I guess all good things must come to an end and so it is with my first Sew-a-Long. A thousand thanks to Julie Starr for sharing her ingenious creative project with us through an excellent tutorial. Dear Readers, I hope you will enjoy this fun project as much as I have and look forward to sharing another Sew-a-Long with you again sometime.