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Here’s what we are doing today!
First, fold the interfaced part of the front to the RIGHT side, as indicated by the fold line on the pattern piece. Measure up 1″ from the bottom hem, and stitch across.
Clip the corner. Don’t go too far!
Now turn it right side out, push out the corner with a blunt object, and give it a good press.
To make the pockets, place an outer and lining pocket RIGHT sides together. Stitch around the perimeter, leaving a 1.5″ gap for turning. See how I angle my seams out to the raw edge below? This makes it much easier to turn nicely!
Turn your pocket right side out and give it a good press. Topstitch across the top of the pocket as marked on the pattern piece. Mark the buttonhole.
Next up is the buttonhole. They aren’t as scary as they seem, but I highly recommend practicing on some scraps first! My machine has a 3 step buttonhole. This is common on older or cheaper machines. You may have a 1 step buttonhole instead; read your manual or search online for more specific advice.
Decide how long you want your buttonhole to be. Generally the completetd buttonhole is about 1/4″ longer than the botton. This allows for the top and bottom bartacks.
Have your stitch length very short. Mines at about 0.3.
Follow the order on your machine. On mine, 1 goes down, 2 is the bottom bartack, 3 is back up (don’t forget to push reverse!), and 4 is the top bartack. It’s done!
Cut it open VERY carefully. I put a pin at the end so that I don’t cut too far.
Using the pattern markings, pin your pocket to your skirt front on the right side.
Topstitch around the side and bottom edges. Repeat with the second pocket, being sure they are aligned.
Sew the fronts to the back, right sides together at the side seams.
Press the side seams open.
That’s it! Tomorrow we will be tackling the waistband. Now that you’ve figured out buttonholes, the rest is easy!