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Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Attaching The Skirt

Welcome to Day 5 of Lilah Sew along. By now you have your skirt assembled and in-seam pockets added (this is optional). Next you will want to attach the skirt to your bodice.

Psst..did you baste the the bottom of the bodices together and do a quick fit check? If not, make sure you do this before attaching the skirt.

Lilah Top & Dress Sew Along: Attaching The Skirt

Let’s get started, shall we?

Here is how:

Gathering

With the skirt turned right side out, baste two rows of stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt and gather. The first row of stitches should be 1/8” (0.3 cm) away from the edge and the second row of stitches should be 1/4” (0.6 cm) away from the edge.

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NOTE: For the woven skirt only, it is recommended to make two rows of gathering stitches on the back panel and then two rows of gathering stitches on the front panel to the left of the placket and repeat to the right of the placket. Do not gather the placket.

For knit version, this is how it should look like after the gathering process.

PS: for my knit version, I went with the maxi dress. I did remove 2.5″(6 cm) of width per skirt panel to make sure that the skirt is not so heavy and worked perfectly.

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Attaching the skirt

You will then follow Step 12 of the pattern tutorial to attach the skirt to both woven and knit versions. For woven version, remember to start and stop sewing at either side of the placket so you do not sew close the placket. Here is the post on how to attach the placket to the front skirt.

Woven version

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Do not forget to finish the seams and press them towards the bodice.

Optional: Topstitch the bottom of the bodice to secure the seams underneath it for clean finish.

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Knit version

attaching the skirt sew along by Sansahash

Psst…before you sew the bodice to the skirt, you will place 1/4-3/8” clear elastic on top of your wrong side of your skirt seam allowance and sew with a stretch stitch. This will help stabilize the waistline. Refer to this post for clear step-by-step photos tutorial on how to add clear elastic to your waistline seam. Remember this is an option you can do without it! I do recommend it though when doing the Lilah maxi version or if your skirt fabric is heavier than the bodice fabric.

Do not forget to finish the seams and press them towards the bodice. DO NOT TOPSTITCH the seams on the knit version!

Yay! You did it. Next up, adding buttons (woven version only) and hemming both versions.

See you soon.

Psst…Don’t forget to share your progress photo (s) with us on Facebook group! using #lilahsewalong #myprogressphotos. Also tag us @sansahash using #sansahash #lilahsewalong so we can see your creations.

Happy sewing xxx

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