Rowan Dress Hackalong PT5 - Sewing the skirt

April 16, 2021

A few days ago, you’ve created your colorblocked front bodice. In this last chapter of the Rowan Dress Hackalong, we're going to focus on the lower half of your dress - the skirt! We're going to sew the skirt, attach it to the bodice and add the elastic waist. Are you ready to finish your Rowan dress?

 

Sewing the A-line skirt

Step 1 - Start with your front skirt & side skirt pattern pieces. With the right sides together, pin the sides onto the front skirt. Stitch the 1cm (⅜”) seams using a knit stitch or a small zigzag stitch. Finish the seams using a serger or a big zigzag stitch. Press the seam towards the sides. Repeat for the back skirt. At this point you can topstitch your seams (that’s what I did, but it’s totally optional) and add any other embellishments. 


Step 2 - With the right sides together, place the front on the back skirt. Line up the side seams. Pin in place. Stitch the 1cm (⅜”) seams using a knit stitch or a small zigzag stitch. Finish the seams using a serger or a big zigzag stitch. Press the seams towards the back.


Step 3 - Finish the raw edge of your hem with a serger or a big zigzag stitch. Fold the 2,5cm (1”) hem allowance towards the inside. Press & pin in place. Topstitch the hem 2cm (¾”) from the folded edge, using a knit stitch, a small zigzag stitch or a twin needle. 


Your bodice and skirt are ready!


Sewing the circle skirt

Step 1 - With the right sides together, pin the seams of the circle skirt together. Stitch the 1cm (⅜”) seams using a knit stitch or a small zigzag stitch. Finish the seams using a serger or a big zigzag stitch. Press the seams towards the sides. 


Step 2 - Finish the raw edge of your hem with a serger or a big zigzag stitch. Fold the 2,5cm (1”) hem allowance towards the inside. Press & pin in place. Topstitch the hem 2cm (¾”) from the folded edge, using a knit stitch, a small zigzag stitch or a twin needle. 



Attaching the skirt

Step 1 - Turn the skirt with the wrong side out. With the right sides together, put the bodice inside the skirt. Line up the waist and pin in place, carefully matching the colorblock seams and side seams. Stitch the 1cm (⅜”) seam using a knit stitch or a small zigzag stitch. Finish the seam using a serger or a big zigzag stitch. Press the seam up. 


Step 2 - Turn your dress with the wrong side out. Cut your elastic tape measuring your child’s natural waist width + 2cm (¾”). Overlap both ends and stitch together. Divide the total elastic width in 4 equal parts and mark it on your elastic.


Step 3 - Place your elastic over the waist seam. Line up the 4 marked parts with the center front, center back and the side seams. Make sure to line up one side of the elastic exactly with the waist seam, this way covering the seam allowance with the elastic. Pin in place.


Step 4 - Gently pull the elastic between the pins to divide the elastic width evenly over the waist width and pin in place. 


Step 5 - If you’re going to use the same color of bobbin thread to attach the entire waist elastic, you can start attaching your elastic at one of the side seams. But if you need to change bobbin thread color, I’d advise to start sewing the sides. 


Step 6 - Attach the elastic using a straight stitch. Make sure to stretch the elastic while sewing, matching the fabric width below the elastic. Add a second row of stitches on the other side of the elastic


Step 7 - Attach the elastic to the front and back of the dress.

 

Final step - HAPPY DANCE - You've earned it! You envisioned and designed your own dress - drafted and hacked the Rowan Tee Pattern and sewed it all together. Victory!

I hope you've enjoyed the second edition of the Rowan Hackalong - dress edition! Make sure to check out the Rowan Hackalong - sweater edition as well! We'd love to see your creations, so please share them with us in our FB group and on social media using hashtags #rowanhackalong #misusupatterns. 

Thank you for joining!

Elles

 




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KIDS SIZE CHART

Body measurements cm

Body measurements inch

Size

Age

Chest

Waist

Hip

Height

Chest

Waist

Hip

Height

80

9-12M

50

48

52

80

19,5

19

20,5

31,5

86

12-18M

52

50

54

86

20,5

19,5

21,25

33,75

92

18-24M

54

51

55

92

21,25

20

21,5

36,25

98

2-3Y

55

52

57

98

21,75

20,5

22,5

38,5

104

3-4Y

56,5

53,5

59

104

22,25

21

23,25

41

110

4-5Y

58

55

61

110

22,75

21,5

24

43,25

116

5-6Y

60

57

64

116

23,5

22,5

25,25

45,5

122

6-7Y

62,5

58,5

67

122

24,5

23

26,5

48

128

7-8Y

65

60

70

128

25,5

23,5

27,5

50,5

134

8-9Y

67,5

61,5

73

134

26,5

24,25

28,75

52,75

140

9-10Y

70

63

76

140

27,5

24,75

30

55

146

10-11Y

73

64

79

146

28,75

25,25

31

57,5

152

11-12Y

76

66

82

152

30

26

32,25

59,75

158

12-13Y

79

68

85

158

31

26,75

33,5

62,25

164

13-14Y

82

70

88

164

32,25

27,5

34,75

64,5

WOMEN SIZE CHART

Body measurements cm

Body measurements inch

Size

High Bust

Bust

Waist

Hip

Height

High Bust

Bust

Waist

Hip

Height

AA

75

80

64

88

168

29,5

31,5

25,25

34,5

5 feet 6"

BB

79

84

68

92

168

31

33

26,75

36,25

5 feet 6"

CC

83

88

72

96

168

32,5

34,5

28,25

37,75

5 feet 6"

DD

87

92

76

100

168

34,25

36,25

30

39,5

5 feet 6"

EE

91

96

80

104

168

35,75

37,75

31,5

41

5 feet 6"

FF

95

100

84

108

168

37,5

39,5

33

42,5

5 feet 6"

GG

101

106

89

113

168

39,75

41,75

35

44,5

5 feet 6"

HH

107

112

94

118

168

42

44

37

46,5

5 feet 6"

II

113

118

99

123

168

44,5

46,5

39

48,5

5 feet 6"

JJ

119

124

104

128

168

46,75

48,75

41

50,5

5 feet 6"