So, as of last night i am up to date with the Crescent Skirt Sew-Along, woop woop! I am having lots of fun doing my first Sew-Along, and i am learning loads of new skills. I am really pleased with how my skirt is looking too - Tasia has some great tips which help to make our skirts look really nicely finished. I can't wait to get my skirt finished and wearable - it is my birthday next week and my secret plan is to be able to show off my crescent skirt when i go out for dinner with my friends next Friday, but I'm not sure if it will be finished in time - fingers crossed!
Amongst my new skills are two in particular i would like to share with you. The first is UNDERSTITCHING, which is a row of stitching we have used to secure the skirt pockets, and is also used for facings, to keep them from rolling onto the right side of a garment. This is done by sewing very close to the seam on the facing. Although the stitches are visible on the facing/pocket side of the garment, it is not visible on the right side, and looks very neat! I'm not sure if you can see this on the picture below as my thread and fabric are quite well matched, but trust me it looks neat and tidy :)
The second is FRENCH SEAMS. This is a way of finishing inside seams, the finish effect of which is to make them look (again) neat and professional, without the use of an overlocker. I argue that perhaps it looks even nicer! Briefly this is done by first sewing a 1/4" seam with the WRONG sides of the fabric together (Tasia warns that it feels very wrong to do this and it really does - so wrong that at first i tried to align the wrong edges so the right side was facing inwards, and ended up in a panic because they didn't fit together correctly. How many times can i use the word 'wrong' in one sentence?!?). The seam allowance is then trimmed to 1/8" and the fabric flipped over so that the right sides are together (phew!).The seam is pressed and then another 1/4" seam is shown. The end result is that your raw edges are hidden, but the right side of the fabric looks normal. Hopefully you can see this in the picture...i forgot to take pictures as i was sewing, but Tasia has an excellent tutorial (as always!) at the link above. I have french seamed both the pocket and side seams here.
On a completely unrelated note, the masters students i am working with at the moment bought me these adorable cherry earrings from Greece as an early birthday present...aren't they fantastic!