Kyoko Sew-Along // Day 4

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Today, we will construct the skirt of the Kyoko pattern. Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

With right sides together, sew each skirt strip along the long edge, one to the next, forming one long strip. Finish each seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch.

Press the seams to one side and topstitch 1/8" from each seam.

We are going to apply the bias hem in the same manner we did the sleeves. Open up a piece of your bias tape and pin it right sides together with the bottom of the skirt aligning raw edges. Stitch along the first fold line. Trim any excess bias tape at the ends. Fold the bias tape down toward the seam allowance and press.

 Sew you skirt into a circle by placing one raw edge over the other, right sides together. Stitch from the top of the skirt to the bottom of the bias binding. Finish the seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press the seam to one side. Topstitch the seam from top to bottom. 

Using the crease lines of your bias tape as guides, fold the bias tape to the wrong side of the skirt encased all of the raw edges. Press well. Topstitch 1/8" from the upper fold of the bias tape, making sure to catch the inner folded edge underneath.

Gather the top of the skirt by stitching two rows of basting stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Be sure to leave long loose ends. Grab both bobbin threads and carefully pull to gather the top edge of the skirt until it matches the width of the bodice. Distribute the gathers evenly. For a detailed gathering tutorial check out our Tips and Tricks post.

Flip the skirt wrong sides out and insert the bodice inside the skirt so that the right sides are facing and raw edges are even. Align one of the side seams of the bodice with a skirt panel seam and repeat with the other side. There should be 3 skirt panels in front and 3 skirt panel in back. Pin well.

Stitch the skirt to the bodice. Finish the seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press the seam toward the bodice and topstitch 1/8" from the seam. 

The dress portion of the Kyoko is complete!! It can be worn as is or complete the obi with us tomorrow.

See the rest of the Kyoko Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #kyokosewalong.

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