Sewing instructions for women’s non stretch skirt:
- description of the content of the sewing instructions,
- examples of where to put in zips,
- cutting out the pattern,
- sewing skirt together and putting in zip,
- sewing waistband for skirt with one zip,
- sewing waistband for skirt with two zips.
Sewing skirt and inserting zips
If you have chosen to insert a zip (or two zips) at the front of the non-stretch skirt pattern you will start by doing this. This is an easy way to insert zips.
Sew the remaining tuck together. Then sew along the seam where the zip will be placed. The seam will follow the same line as the tuck from the waist, continuing in a straight line down to the hem. Flatten out the skirt and iron along the back side of the seam, pressing the edges out.
Place the zip face down and centred onto the back side of the seam and stitch it on. If you use a short zip (not full length) stitch a few extra rows of stitching at the bottom.
Turn the skirt over to the front side. Use an unpicking tool, or a pair of small, sharp, pointed scissors, to carefully cut the stitches and open the seam over the zip. The zip will be revealed.
Be very careful to not cut the fabric.
If you have chosen a front without zip/s, sew the tucks together same as for the stretch skirt.
The back is made up of three parts, two side sections and a middle panel. This creates a shapelier curve for the backside and seating area. If you want to add some stretch to a skirt of non-stretch fabric you can replace the middle panel with stretch fabric.
SEWING THE SKIRT TOGETHER
Place the front and back part together and sew the side seams.
If you have chosen to insert a zip in the side seam you will do this now. Press the seams open. Place a zip face down and centred on the seam. Sew it on and stitch a few extra stitches at the end to secure it.
In these examples we have shown a short zip. A full length zip is inserted in the same way. The only difference in choosing a full length zip is in how you make the hem.