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How to Sew Your First Skirt and Understand Patterns

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Cutting the Notches & Second Pieces

Shaerie Mead

How to Sew Your First Skirt and Understand Patterns

Shaerie Mead

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7. Cutting the Notches & Second Pieces

Lesson Info

Cutting the Notches & Second Pieces

Now we've got our first set of pattern pieces it's timeto cutter notches out unp in and reap in to cut the second set of pieces, so to cut my notches out I mean, he is my fabric shares and I'm going to cut out this little triangle really carefully and cleanly I don't want to go past the point notches are something that help us line up our pattern pieces when we start to so two pieces together, so I'm going to just snip it out like that and the same thing over here there's this notch for my size medium that I'm going to slip right out you can use the tips of your shears to get a nice clean be on this skirt there's also some half notches there's one right in the middle of the skirt here so I'm just going to trim that right off because this is cut on the fold when I opened that up that's going to be a nice triangle and there's one right here I'm gonna turn that right off to so those air the notches that you want to cut out like I said, be really careful that you don't go past the tips of ...

the triangle, right? And I'm gonna unp in so I take all my pins out I can set my cut pieces side, I like to move it over to my work space so you don't accidentally cut through it. Same thing with this guy pulling out all the pins when you use the rest of my fabric, depending cut my second pieces, here's my edge that says place this edge on the fold. You really want to pay attention to this. You would not want to turn this around, because if you cut this notch on the fold, you'd end up with a hole in the middle of your skirt. So be really careful to read the pattern and place the correct edge on the pole. So this guy's going to go here and I'll use my pins, anchor it in place right along this fold edge that's. The first part I'm going to do, I'll smooth it out and pin those corners and then a couple pins on each side, and then I could do the same thing. My number two yoke piece, so exactly the same. Line it up along the fold edge and put my pins in pins in the corners, couple pins in the middle and I can go ahead and cut my second pieces.

Class Description

You don’t have to start with pillows! Learn sewing basics while making something you’ll be proud of with The Easiest Skirt. In this class, Shaerie Mead of Sew L.A. teaches sewing essentials while showing you how to make a skirt you’ll be stoked to wear.

The Easiest Skirt is a perfect entry point for working with patterns. Shaerie will take you step-by-step through the prepping, cutting, and stitching processes. You’ll learn about: 

  • Cutting, folding, notching, and pinning the pattern
  • Gathering skirt to yoke
  • Sewing and hemming
  • Creating a casing and inserting elastic
Shaerie will teach you how to read a pattern, what to do while gathering, and when to baste. You’ll learn how to make a timeless skirt that doesn’t take a lot of material or time to make.

If you want to skip the dull stuff and get your start at sewing clothes, join Shaerie Mead in The Easiest Skirt.

Class Materials

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Shaerie Mead - Easiest Skirt Pattern.pdf

Shaerie Mead - Easiest Skirt Supply List.pdf

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The course was as clean and precise as her sewing. I haven't sewn for some time, but the techniques Shaerie taught will serve me well. Thanks~


Shaerie is an exceptionally clear and focused teacher. She points out essential steps for beginner sewers and doesn't get caught up with extraneous details.

Melissa Fritzsche

Wondering if there's any way to still get this pattern. Thanks!