Hoping someone can help me please? I purchased maternity skirt with ruching 02/2012 by Burda style mag and the instructions are:
“Gather side seam edges of skirt panels between asterisks to 27cms. Lay the two skirt panels, right sides together, line up, pin and sew the side seams, catching backing strips along gathering. Press seams open but do not press gethering flat.”

The backing strips are 30cm x 3cm strips of the same stretch fabric, but I have no idea how to sew them on and what the purpose is?? I guess they ‘hold’ the gathering in place, otherwise when I overlocked the seams after gathering they would move when the skirt is worn?

So do you fold it in half over the seam and then trim the excess raw edge (or leave it if you don’t mind) from each side after overlocking?
That’s the only thing I can think of doing with it! And failing that I will forget the gathering, overlock seams and then ruch using elastic down each side seam

Thanks in advance :)

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