Cut, sewn & worn in an afternoon

Butterick 5421

DD1 needed a formal and full black skirt for her concert attire.  She plays the harp.  I had ordered a skirt for her online, but the darn thing hadn’t shown up by this morning, so I toddled off (in an early morning daze) to the fabric store so she could have one by the time she came home from school today.

I chose Butterick 5421 because DD1 wanted something classic and long.  And Butterick patterns were on sale when I walked into the store.  And so was everything else – a whopping 50% off everything if you were a Fabricland Club member (I am).  Bad bad timing to be only looking for black crepe.  I came away with some beee-yew-ti-ful silks.  No idea what I’m going to do with them at this point, but I’ve got them in my stash (so much for stash bustin’!)

Well, back to the point of this post:  the black skirt.  I chose polyester satin-backed crepe for the skirt since DD1 wanted something “flowy, not crisp”.  I chose not to line it. It has no waistband, only facings, which are interfaced, and I wanted to share my little tip for finishing the edges of interfaced facings neatly.

  1. Cut the interfacing (preferably fusible) for each facing piece.
  2. With right sides together, stitch interfacing to facing along lower edge in narrow 1/4 inch seam.
  3. Trim seam allowance to scant 1/8 of an inch.
  4. Open up the two pieces from the right side of the facing fabric.
  5. Press the interfacing over the seam allowance being careful not to wrinkle interfacting or press it to the ironing board cover!
  6. Carefully turn interfacing to wrong side of facing and fuse into place.

Here’s the finished edge of the facing from the right and wrong sides.  Nice and neat!

Now it’s your turn……  🙂

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