I’m nearly done with the skirt attachments – the next post will be of a dress on Bertha! I’ve done a few things differently than I have in the past, and I hope it’s not going to come back and haunt me!
For now, I’ll be talking about the cartridge pleats (and how much I love them)
-Mark gather increments on inside of skirt. For mine, I did every 1/2”, and used one of my favorite sewing room tools, the chalk pencil.
-Using a strong thread and large (upholstery) needle, make a large running stitch at the marks.
-I like to even the gathers out, and then pin at intervals to make sure I’m not over-packing the pleats. (As I tend to do!)
-Take the same needle and some strong thread (I’m using buttonhole twist) and catch the edge of both the pleat and the bottom of the bodice. I like to go through each pleat twice – and I’m going to go back through again for extra security since these skirts are far and away heavier than any I have done in the past.
Here’s a sneak-peek of what the skirts are going to look like: