A gathering is afoot

I’m getting more creative with my subject titles here. Fancy!

Last summer, I was interested in tiered skirts but do you have any idea how much fabric you need to make one for a grown woman with a, um, full figure? That would be fine and all if you knew you would succeed but imagine using all of that fabric and ending up with an unwearable garment! That would likely send me in a sewing tailspin the likes of which we have not seen since the great needle break of 2006 (it hit me in the eye! Or near it. Or somewhere close enough to my eye to freak me out).

Enter Kit!

Using some scraps that a friend gave me for free (shout out to Mandy), I whipped up this tiered skirt using my brand new gathering foot. According to a youtube video I watched — which makes me practically an expert — my gathering foot can gather the bottom piece of fabric while simultaneously attaching it to the top piece. All you have to do is keep them going through the machine at the same rate. Easy peasy. I mean, that lady on youtube can do it. How hard can it be?

That lady on youtube must be a master seamstress. That’s all there is to it. Can I tell you how hard it is to keep the fabric from going all skee-wonky? Can I? Oh, how I wish I could videotape and sew at the same time so you could all laugh along with me.

But, never fear, we can do this the old fashioned way. Using the gathering foot with ONE layer of fabric, I gathered. Then I sewing it on to the top piece using a regular presser foot and all was well in the land of tiering.

However, if you are masterful, behold the master at work.

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