Part 2--Today in Part 2 we will cover: marking your sewing machine for exact seam allowances, sewing your gathering stitches and side seams, and distributing your gathers evenly.
And remember, all seam allowances are "lined up with the edge of my presser foot" (i.e. between 1/4" and 3/8") unless otherwise stated.
Ready to move ahead? Me too!
Marking Your Sewing Machine
Before we can get started, we need to do some prep work.
For our gathers we're going to be making three rows of stitches, one row each at 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4". In order to be sure you're sewing at exactly 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4", you can either move your needle, follow pre-marked guidelines on your sewing machine, or make your own guidelines. I was a pro at moving the needle on the sewing machines I learned on, but, to be completely honest, I can never remember how to do it on my own machine. (To Mom- There is no need to leave a comment telling me to look it up in my manual. I am fully aware that that's an option. I just have no desire to do it. And I love you. -Katie) And since some of you may not know how to move your sewing machine needle, I thought I'd teach you a little trick that I really prefer anyway.
Repeat these steps to move your tape to make a 1/2" and 3/4" marking. So easy!
Sewing Your 3 Rows of Gathering Stitches
Now we're ready to start on our gathers!
Sewing Your Side Seams
Finished all three rows of gathering stitches? On both skirt pieces? Okay, then we're ready to move on.
But first, change the stitch length on your sewing machine so it's back to normal now.
Now we're going to do a quick edge finish on those raggedy seam allowances.
Pinning Your Skirt Piece To Your Tank Top
Now that your skirt piece is fully constructed and you've sewn your 3 rows of gathering stitches, you're ready to begin easing your skirt into your top.
In order to do that, we're going to need some clear markings at the center front and center back of your skirt piece and your tank top.
Making Your Gathers & Distributing Them Evenly
Whew! That was quite a lot of little steps! Hang in there! We're almost done! Tomorrow we'll finish up by sewing our gathers in place and giving our Tank Top Top a few final touches. And then your Tank Top Top will be ready to wear! See you then!