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Sudley Sewalong // how to attach the skirt (dress version)

Sudley sewalong attaching the skirt and optional lining to the Sudley top and dress pattern

The dress version of Sudley is my absolute favorite! And today we’re going to go ahead and just about finish it up by attaching the skirt to the bodice. Bonus: if you’re making a lined dress, I’ll also show you how to attach the lining skirt as well.

Just going to keep this short and sweet so we can get right to it! Let’s go…

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the two skirt pieces right sides together.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew along the side seams 5/8″ from the raw edges.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSet your machine to the longest stitch length, and sew a line of basting stitches along the top edge, from side seam to side seam, 5/8″ from the raw edge. Repeat on the other side, side seam to side seam.

For more controlled gathers, you can also sew a second row of basting stitches on each side 3/8″ from the raw edge, as shown above.

Do not backstitch, and leave the threads long and loose at the ends.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsIf you have lined your bodice, make sure the lining is pushed up out of the way. We will only be attaching the skirt to the main fabric of the bodice, and you don’t want to catch the lining in there.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsMake sure to mark the center front and center back of both the bodice and the skirt.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsWith your bodice right side out and your skirt wrong side out, slip your bodice inside the skirt until the raw edge of the skirt with the basting stitches meets up with the bottom raw edge of the bodice.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLine up the side seams and center front and center back, and pin in place at these 4 points. This creates 4 equal sections to work with.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTo gather the skirt, I like to work in quarter sections. Gently pull on the loose threads starting at one side seam. Use your fingers to move the gathers as you pull to even them out, reaching to the center mark.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsOnce its gathered enough where the section lines up with the raw edge of the bodice, pin in place.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsRepeat with the other four sections, until the entire skirt is gathered and pinned to the bodice.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew together at the waist seam 5/8″ from the raw edge. Finish the raw edge with your preferred method, and press the seam upwards.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow for the skirt lining (optional) – repeat the same steps. Place the two lining skirts together with right sides together and sew 5/8″ along the side seams. And then sew your basting stitches along the top edge, side seam to side seam.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLay your dress in front of you inside out.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsEven though your dress is inside out, the right side of the bodice lining will actually be facing up.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsWith the skirt wrong side out, slide the dress inside the skirt lining until the edge of the skirt meets the edge of the bodice lining.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsRepeat the same process, as told above, to gather the skirt lining and pin it to the bodice lining. The right sides of the lining fabric should be facing each other.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew the skirt lining and bodice lining together at the waist seam 5/8″ from the raw edge. Make sure not to catch the main fabric in your stitching.

Finish the raw edge with your preferred method.

how to add the skirt to the Sudley dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsFlip the skirt lining down, and you now have a clean finished, lined dress!

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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