We’ll begin sewing our View A or B skirt by sewing the skirt seams and attaching the hem and slit facings.

FINISH THE SLIT AND HEM FACINGS

Prepare the slit and hem facings by finishing the straight edges on the slit facings. Finish the front edge of the front hem facings and the top edges of the front and back hem facings. If you prefer a clean finish, press the edge under 3/8” (1 cm), wrong sides together. The photos will show finished edges. Set aside for now.

The Evelyn Skirt hem and slit facings are shown with outside edge finished.

FINISH CENTER BACK & SIDE SEAMS SEPARATELY

Finish the center back seams separately. As a reminder, the center back seam includes a 3/4” (2 cm) seam allowance.

The center back seams of the Evelyn skirt are shown with one edge finished.

SEW THE SIDE SEAMS

With the right sides together, sew the back to the front at the side seams. Press the seams open.

The back and front skirt pieces of the Evelyn are shown sewn together.
The side seams are shown sewn and pressed open.

SEW THE CENTER BACK

With the right sides together, sew the center back seam at 3/4” (2 cm). Press the seam open.

Evelyn Skirt view A pieces are shown pinned together at the center back.
The center back seam of the Evelyn Skirt pattern is shown pressed open.

SEW THE SLIT FACING TO THE HEM FACING

Place your slit facings right sides up with the finished edges in the center. Pin the short finished edge of the front hem facings, right sides together, to the hem corner. The shorter left hem facing will be on the right. The longer right hem facing will be on your left. Sew and press the seam towards the hem facing.

The hem facing pieces of the Evelyn Skirt are shown pinned to the slit facing pieces.
The hem facing pieces of the Evelyn Skirt are shown sewn to the slit facing pieces.

SEW THE HEM FACING SIDE SEAMS

With the right sides together, sew the side seams of the hem facings, matching the notches that are near the top of the
finished edge. Press the seams open.

Back hem facing pieces of the Evelyn Skirt sewing pattern are shown pinned together.
Back hem facing pieces of the Evelyn Skirt sewing pattern are shown sewn together.

SEW THE HEM FACING AT THE CENTER BACK

With the right sides together, sew the hem facings at the center back at 3/4” (2 cm). There are double notches to indicate the center back seam. Press the seams open.

The Evelyn Skirt back hem facing pieces are shown pinned together.
The Evelyn Skirt back hem facing pieces are shown sewn together.

SEW THE FACING TO THE SKIRT

With the right sides together, pin the sewn slit and hem facing to the skirt. Starting at the waist, sew down the edge of the button placket. Shorten the stitch length around the curves and sew down the front slit. Pivot at the hem corners and continue around the hem of the skirt and then back up the other side. Trim your seam allowance to half. If your fabric is thick, grade your seams by trimming the facing seam allowance to 1/8” (0.3 cm) and the skirt seam allowance to 1/4” (0.6 cm). Clip curves and corners. Press the seams towards the facings.

The Evelyn skirt slit and hem facing pieces are shown pinned to the skirt.
The Evelyn skirt slit and hem facing pieces are shown sewn to the skirt.
The Evelyn skirt slit and hem facing pieces are shown pinned to the skirt.
An iron presses the hem facing of the Evelyn Skirt sewing pattern.

UNDERSTITCH THE FACINGS

To help your facings stay to the inside of your skirt, it is recommended to understitch the facings. Understitch by stitching a line 1/16” (0.15 cm) away from the seam. Make sure to catch the seam allowance towards the facing when stitching. You might not be able to get to the corners and curves, but understitch as much as you can. Turn the facings right side out and use a point turner to smooth out the corners and curves. Press your facings in place.

A sewing machine understitches along the edge of a seam.
Understitching is shown along the hem of the Evelyn Skirt

EDGESTITCH THE FACINGS

Pin the edge of your facings all the way around the skirt. Sew from the wrong side during this step, edgestitching the facing in place at 1/16” (0.15 cm). When stitching from the wrong side, make sure your bobbin thread matches the right side of your garment.

The inside of the Evelyn skirt view A is shown with the facings pinned.
The outside of the Evelyn skirt view A is shown with the facings sewn.

To finish our View A & B skirts, we’ll attach the waistband, sew the buttonholes and add the buttons.

Evelyn Sew Along Posts | Getting Started | Sew Skirt Seams & Facings of Views A&B | Sew Waistband & Buttons of Views A&B | Sew Skirt Seams, & Waistband of View C | Attach Waistband, Sew Slit Facing & Hem View C


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