PART 1 | What you'll need
PART 2 | Before you begin
PART 3 | Let's get started!
written by Alexis Bailey
I am thrilled to have the beautiful and ever-so-stylish Alexis Bailey on my blog! Alexis is offering up a short and sweet Sew Along for the midi skirt ROMA. This sew is fun and fashionable and surprisingly versatile. So without further ado...
- 1 yd Medium weight fabric such as cotton or linen
- 2" elastic
- Scissors (or rotary cutter and mat)
- Safety pin
- Matching Thread
- Sewing machine
- Pattern weights (optional)
Make sure you have cut the correct size for your measurements.
We will be doing view A of the midi skirt ROMA, The Simple Basic.
Seam allowance is ⅝" throughout this tutorial unless otherwise stated.
Cut out your midi skirt ROMA pattern and pocket using your preferred cutting choice. After cutting, transfer any markings (notches/dots) onto your fabric from the pattern.
The hem of the skirt will be done using one continuous stitch, but first we need to prepare the curved hem. Using ⅛" seam allowance begin sewing with a zig-zag stitch where the curve begins, ending where the curve ends keeping the threads long when snipping.
Pull the bobbin thread at one end to gather the fabric along the curve, spreading it evenly. The fabric should begin to fold. Press the edge down flat towards the wrong side of the fabric.
Gently pull the threads again so that the pressed edge folds over hiding the zig-zag stitch. Press again. Do the same thing on the other side and fold the straight edges twice corresponding to the curved edges press and sew the hem down in one continuous stitch.
Hem the pocket by beginning with the curved hem steps above. Fold the top of the pocket toward the wrong side of the fabric ⅛" and press. Fold again ⅜” (or more for a wider top edge) and press again. Top-stitch.
Place the finished pocket between the pocket markings transferred onto the skirt and pin the pocket in place.
Sew a parallel stitch to the pocket hem sewing two reinforcement stitches at the beginning and the end.
Overlap the front finished side edge over the back finished side edge by about ⅜".
Sew until you reach the lowest small dot. Sew a parallel stitch to this edge-stitch. At the end, pivot your needle and create two perpendicular stitches at the dots.
Create the waistband by folding the raw edge of the top of the skirt down ¼" and press...
... then fold it again another 2⅜" and press again.
Top-stitch at 2¼" around the waistband leaving a 3" opening.
Attach a safety pin to your elastic and feed in the elastic through the tunnel, evenly distributing the gathers.
Note: you may want to use a pin to keep the tail end of the elastic from being pulled into the skirt. Also, make sure your elastic is flat as it is being fed through.
Once both ends of the elastic are at the opening, hold them in place and check the fit. Once satisfied, overlap the elastic ends and use a zig-zag stitch to sew them together.
Nudge the elastic into the waistband at the opening and stitch the opening closed with a straight stitch. At opposite sides of the skirt, sew a perpendicular straight stitch to hold the elastic in place and keep it from twisting.
Voila! You are ready for the streets of the market or your next business meeting. Pair your midi skirt ROMA with a collared shirt, t-shirt or crop top, the possibilities are endless!
Alexis Bailey is a modern sewing and fashion content creator who loves traveling, tacos and spending time with her husband watching movies. She works as an administrative assistant and in her free time runs a blog and Instagram page creating inspiring content for creatives of all learning levels.
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