Tillery Skirt Sewalong Day 5 - Snaps and Pockets

Tillery Skirt Sewalong Day 5 - Snaps and Pockets

This is it, y'all! The finishing touches and then our skirt is ready to wear out and about. 

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 5

We'll start today by constructing the pockets. First, finish the edges of the pocket pieces by serging or using an overlock or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. Then, sew a basting stitch around the curved edge of the pieces, 1/2" (12 mm) from the raw edge.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 5

Using the basting stitch as a guide, press the curved edges to the wrong side. Use whatever steam and heat that your fabric can handle to get a nice crease. This will help it stay in place more easily when you topstitch it in a bit.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 5

Press the top edge 1/4" (6 mm) to the wrong side, then again 1/2" (12 mm). Topstitch. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of this topstitching so you don't get loose threads here with wash and wear. (You only need one row of topstitching... I just added another this time because I was feeling it!)

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 5

Topstitch the pockets to the skirt. You can go by the pocket placement guide on the pattern, or you can try on the skirt and place them where you like them best. Alternately, you can do this after the next step of attaching the snaps, and then you don't have to mess with pinning on the skirt.

Time to attach the snaps! Some people worry about this part, but I hope you won't. Melissa has included thorough instructions in the pattern and has also recorded a video here. To begin, I'd recommend pinning the skirt on yourself with pins in the spots of the snap marking on the pattern. You can skip this for your future versions, but for the first one, it might be helpful to make absolutely sure that the snaps are in the right spot on you. If you see any area gaping, make adjustments.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 5

Then, install the snaps. I highly recommend using Dritz brand heavy duty snaps. (affiliate link) During the course of developing and testing this pattern, we tried a host of other brands and types, and these were by far our favorite for their ease of installation and strong snap. They come in several different colors. I also had good results with the size 24 long-prong snaps from Snap Source, but only for thinner fabrics (the prongs weren't long enough to go through the placket/waistband layers on the denim).

To set the Dritz snaps, you'll want to get the strike plate and metal setting tool as shown here, if it doesn't come in your set already. (We have not have as good success with the pliers.) Lastly, remember that depending on the length you're making, you may need 2 packages, which is nice anyway so that you have an extra for practicing on a scrap.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 5

Now that your snaps are in, you can try on your skirt and finish topstitching your pockets in place, if you haven't already.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 5

All done! I hope you enjoy wearing this stylish skirt and that now you start dreaming about the next version you want to make. If you missed any of the earlier days in our sewalong, I've linked them here: 

Tillery Sewalong Day 1: Printing, Cutting, and Materials
Tillery Sewalong Day 2: Flat-Felled Seams
Tillery Sewalong Day 3: Placket and Hem
Tillery Sewalong Day 4: Waistband and Belt Loops




Sizing Information

Below is the sizing guide I use when designing patterns. Please note that these measurements refer to your child, not to any measurements on the finished pattern.

Please note that NOT ALL CHILDREN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 
Children's sizes, Blank Slate Patterns sewing patterns

 

Women’s sizes are based on the chart below:
Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 

Women’s sizes are based on the chart above.
Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included.