Monday, June 4, 2012

The Mia Skirt

I promise this is the last post about the Myrissa and Mia Skirts! Both the Myrissa Skirt and the Mia Skirt use the Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt pattern that is FREE! It really is such a simple skirt pattern and can be made into any size. Mia's skirt was a couple inches shorter than Myrissa's skirt and honestly I love this pocket detail even more than her sister's! I just think the lace under the bias tape is just so feminine and pretty. I used the same fabric as The Nola Dress (which I have yet to blog about!), only using teal bias tape gives it an edge that I think makes it stand out in a completely different way!

When I first looked at this pattern, I kind of had the think a moment about what it was talking about on how to finish the lower hem. Then I felt like a dummy! However, I thought I would explain in photos for some of you.. The pattern outlines using ribbon, but wide bias tape works great, too.
 Turn your skirt inside out and pin the wrong side of your bias tape or ribbon to the wrong side of the skirt all the way around the skirt 1/2'' above the raw bottom edge. Sew along the top edge of the bias tape, which will become the bottom hem once turned around.
 Turn your skirt right side out and fold the bias tape up towards the top of the skirt encasing the raw edge inside of the bias tape. An iron here worked great. Then, pin the bias tape to the skirt.
 Sew all the way around the skirt again and you have a finished hem!
I did the same thing with my pocket. I made a little rounded pocket out of freezer paper and then cut my fabric out. I did the same technique above with the top of the pocket along the top edge using bias tape, but I slipped in some lace for an added detail before completely sewing the bias tape down the second time. Other pocket details were that I zig zagged the raw edge, tucked them under and pinned and sewed the pocket to the skirt.
Bias tape is so easy to use and so nice to encase those raw edges and I personally like the look of the flat wide bias tape like this versus just sewing bias tape folded around a skirt's edge, which can definitely be cute, too! Just preference!
I hope you enjoyed this little pattern review and I hope you will sew up some for the girl's in your life or maybe for the upcoming Skirting the Issue cause! I think a blue and white gingham with red bias tape would be so cute for the 4th of July! Maybe I will have to do that for my niece! My sewing to-do is SO long right now!