Pattern Envelope Overview


The Vintage Pocket Skirt


Lesson Info

Pattern Envelope Overview

So we're going to start out by going over the pattern envelope on the front of the envelope we can see that there are two different views for this skirt view a and you be the only difference between these two views is the length view is a shorter skirt it's eighteen inches long from the waist and view be is a twenty two inch long skirt the two skirts are constructed identically so it doesn't matter which one you pick for this class we're going to be doing the same steps for both it also says here up in the corner that this envelope includes sizes extra small through extra large this means that this pattern will fit hip measurements from thirty four and a half inches up to fifty inches that's pretty much it for the front of the envelope most of the information is on the back of the envelope so here we have a back view and we can tell that it's a little bit different from the front view on the front there's a smooth waistband and pockets on the back we can see that there's elastic in the...

waistband and there's some gathering back here this is what makes the skirt easy to pull on and off and easy to fit up at the top there are some descriptions about what we're getting into so this says that this is a skirt pattern designed specifically for beginners who are learning how to sew it assumes that you can set up your sewing machine and so a basic straight stitching his exact stitch it makes a great second project or ah good first project if you're an ambitious sewer, the front features two pockets sewn into the seams and a one inch wide waistband the pockets or self lined and you can pick a separate fabric if the fabric for your skirt is a little bit heavier weight or just for fun. The back has elastic in the waistband and the lower edge is finished with either a single fold or a double fold him like I said, you could choose an eighteen inch long or twenty two inch long version of this skirt, and this pattern includes easy to follow sewing instructions, a fabric anatomy guide and a glossary of the sewing terms we're going to go over so that's a little bit about the description underneath that on our pattern, it has the recommended fabrics. This is really important when you're choosing fabrics for a project you want to stick with what the pattern maker recommends at least for the first couple of times, you so the skirt that way you're not struggling with a difficult fabric while you're also learning how to put a pattern together so this one says it's recommended for medium weight woven fabric quilt wait cotton sambre conlan and blends cotton land and sheeting linen or lightweight wool. The optional pocket lining. Khun b, a lightweight woven like a plain cotton or a poplin, a sham breyer a lawn. So those were the great fabrics that you want to stick with for this skirt, the fabric requirement that's this block of information here, how much you're going to need to make your skirt. This requirement allows for nap one way design and some shrinkage this is important to consider is, well, nap refers tio a pile on fabric like a velvet or corduroy, where it feels smooth and one direction or rough in another direction. You can totally make the skirt out of a lightweight corduroy, and it looks great, but you want to make sure that the nap is all going in the same direction around the panels of this skirt. This pattern will allow you to do that by putting the pattern pieces on the fabric in the correct order. So that's, what it's telling us it allows for fabric with nap nap can also refer to a one way design on a pattern, like if you had kitties and they were going from the top to the bottom on the front of the skirt, you would want them to be going from the top to the bottom on the back of this skirt as well. Uh, extra fabric may be needed to match design or for lengthening. If you did want to make this skirt a little bit longer, you might need to get a little extra fabric, and this is not suitable for obvious diagonals. That's because there seems going down the front of the skirt, and we had fabric that had a diagonal prints on it. It would be very hard to line it up correctly on the front of this skirt, so in all over prince or a solid, these air, some great choices for this skirt. After all of this description, we come tio, some body measurements, and then the fabric requirement it's how much fabric you're going to need for whatever view you choose, and for whatever size you're choosing. First, we need to do some body measurements to make sure that we're picking the correct size. We're going to base this size on our hip measurement, but we're also going to take a measurement of our waste to see what's what? And once we get our size that's going to tell us how much fabric we need based on the width of the fabric, so I have it here listed for forty two to forty four inch wide fabric, the aor view be, and then fifty four to fifty eight inch wide fabric, view a or b underneath that it tells us we're going to need some three quarter inch wide elastic and in yards it's three eighths of a yard up two five eighths of a yard depending on your size underneath that it says we're going to need twenty to twenty two inch wide woven feasible interfacing so that's one eighth of the yard up to two thirds of the yard and the last little bit of information here if you choose to do on optional different fabric for your pocket lining, you're going to need a third of a yard of extra fabric that's a different fabric from your skirt so those are the fabric requirements and under here it says notions notions are whatever else you need besides the pattern and the fabric to make the project. So this has a list here we're going to need some matching thread, something that matches your fabric and blends in nicely a scene gauge and a bodkin a seam gauge is this little ruler with a slightly bit on it. We're going to be using this to do some hemming it's great for repeat measurements and a bodkin is a tool that allows us to slide elastic into a casing easily in addition to that you're going to need your basic sewing kit so good fabrics years glass had pins and a pin cushion a seam ripper in case you make a mistake I prefer water soluble chalk for this project, so a choc pencil or a chaka liner that is easy to come off of your fabric. We're going to use a two by eighteen inch wide clear ruler will use a tape measure to measure our bodies. You're also going to need a pair of paper her sister's for cutting out your pattern. Don't use your good fabric shares because that will tell them a lot quicker. In addition to that, you're going to need an iron and an ironing board. The last little bit of information on her pattern here tells us the finished garment measurements. This is good to know, because when you're making clothing out of woven fabric, the fabric itself doesn't have any stretch to it, so you're going to need to have a little bit of extra room between yourself and your clothing for it to fit you correctly. This tells us the finished measurement for each size, for the waste and for the hip. So if you're worried about what size you're going to be choosing, or if you're unsure, you can always put your tape measure around your body at the's finished measurements and that'll help you decide which size is going to work best for you that sums up the back of the envelope on the inside. Here we have a fabric anatomy chart. This is some of the stuff that I'm going to be going over when I start to lay my pattern onto my fabric. So I'll go over all of these terms. And then we've got a glossary of sewing terms. Hopefully, there's. A lot of things. You're going to learn in today's class that are new to you, and I'll be defining them as we so.

Class Description

In The Vintage Pocket Skirt, Shaerie Mead gives you step-by-step instructions for making a simple, yet stylish skirt.

Shaerie, of Sew L.A., has been teaching people how to sew since 2005. In this class, she’ll show you how to make one of her most popular garments. You’ll learn about:

  • Reading and preparing the paper pattern
  • Sewing pockets and the skirt body
  • Interfacing, sewing, and attaching the waistband
  • Finishing and hemming the skirt
Even if you have never sewn before, you’ll be able to follow along. Shaerie will explain sewing basics and she’ll help you make sense of the paper patterns that are part and parcel of garment-making.

Impress people with a handmade skirt that looks complicated but is actually pretty easy to construct with tips from The Vintage Pocket Skirt with Shaerie Mead.