Having done all my initial cutting and marking, the next stage was to start making the pieces into a skirt.
First of all, I set up my sewing machine, and put my magnetic seam guide (a Hemline one which was about £3.00) on the footer plate to help guide my material at the correct seam allowance. I find sewing to a regular width very difficult, so I did find this guide to be a help.
Using the guide to help, I did a few stitches, then reversed the machine and went back over them to secure. After that I just slowing worked my way down to the bottom, where I used the integrated thread cutter to snip off the work. I did this to all 4 sets of panels, and then pressed the seams open.
The fabric frayed quite badly when I was cutting out, so I knew I would have to neaten the seams. I decided to do the easy option of running a zigzag stitch along the seam and then snipping the fabric close to the edge of this. I used quite a small stitch length, I did try a longer one but found it hard to control.
The photo above shows the unfinished and finished seam, I didn't press the seam after this, so it looks a bt wavy, but after pressing was lovely and straight.
It was only after I did this that I realised that if I did this to all the seams, I would not be able to let the skirt out if I had made it a bit on the small side. Definitely something to remember in future.
I then sewed the larger panels together, but did not join them into a full circle. As I currently don't have a zip for the skirt, I couldn;t do the next part of the instructions, so I skipped forward a bit.
The next step was putting in a tuck along the line marked in the centre of each small panel. To do this, I first folder the fabric along the line, and then pressed in place. The instructions called for this part to be stitched at 1/8", which was not marked on my machine. I did try to guess, but ended up with a tuck 2/8" wide, which over the whole skirt would have made it a full inch narrower, so I unpicked it all and tried another method.
I measured 1/8" from the needle, and put a bit of masking tape on the footer plate to be my guide. Thankfully this worked, and I was able to put all these tucks in place.
I pressed the tucks to the side, and put the skirt round me to check fit. I can't have been holding it right as the photo looks a bit squint, but overall I think it's looking good.
I have ordered a zip from eBay, which I hope will arrive soon, and then I will be able to do the next section of adding the zip and waistband.
Any tips for the zipper insertion? I don't have an invisible zipper foot, so I have just ordered a normal one, and hopefully I can work it out.