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Kelly Sewalong : Gathers

Kelly Sewalong - Gathers

Now that we have gone over the pleated option, let’s review the gathered waist option of the Kelly skirt! This is a new option with the updated version of the pattern, and personally, the gathers are my favourite! Let me show you!

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

First, set your machine to a long straight stitch length. Mine here is set to a stitch length of 5.

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

The squiggly line on the pattern piece indicates where to sew your gathering stitches. Make sure you mark on the front skirt pieces where this begins. you’ll notice that it is a little bit away from the placket lines.

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now you need to sew three sets of gather/basting stitches, as indicated with the three colours above. 1. From left skirt front starting notch to side seam, 2. from side seam to side seam on the back skirt, 3. side seam to right skirt front starting notch.

Stitch each sections row 5/8″ from the raw edge. You can stop at one row if you prefer, or you can then stitch a second row again 1/4″ from the raw edge for added stability when gathering.

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Make sure you leave long thread tails at the beginning and end of each stitch.

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Starting at one section, gently pull on the loose thread tails and use your fingers to gather the fabric as you go.

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Repeat for each of the three sections…

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Until the entire skirt is gathered to be slightly shorter than the length of your waistband. Don’t worry, you can do some final adjustments when you attach the waistband in the next post.

how to sew the gathered waist of the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Next up, we’ll get started on the waistband and you’ll see your gathered, or pleated skirt come together!


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About Author

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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