I am a chain-sewer, meaning I like to sew as much as I can at one time without separating my pieces or stopping to press each seam right after I’ve sewn it. If you’ve never heard of chain sewing, watch Jen’s video about chaining over at the Grainline Studio website. Chain sewing is an easy way to increase your sewing efficiency, which means you will be able to sew more garments (or quilts, or home decor projects, or whatever!) in less time. Now who doesn’t want to do that? With that in mind, here are the construction steps I used to make the BurdaStyle Pocket Skirt. In the first two steps I basically prepare as much as I can before I actually build the skirt.
Skirt Construction Outline
- Serge POCKET BAGS and princess seams on SKIRT FRONT pieces. Serge bottom of FACING pieces (be careful not to serge the waistline seam). Press.
- Sew POCKET BAGS to SKIRT FRONT CENTER and SKIRT FRONT SIDE pieces. Sew SKIRT BACK darts. Sew FRONT FACING to BACK FACING pieces. Press.
- Sew SKIRT FRONT CENTER to SKIRT FRONT SIDES. This is now your SKIRT FRONT. Press.
- Baste POCKET BAGS to SKIRT FRONT along the yoke seam so they lie flat and are held in place.
- Sew SKIRT YOKE to SKIRT FRONT. Press yoke seam up towards the waistline.
- Sew SKIRT FRONT to SKIRT BACK. Press.
- Sew center back seam and install zipper. I used a lapped zipper installation for this skirt.
- Sew SKIRT FACING to SKIRT. Understitch and press.
Let me know if you try this Pattern Conversion!
*Original skirt sample photos and original skirt technical sketch courtesy of BurdaStyle.