Added Feb 5, 2013
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Lay skirt pieces together, right sides facing. Stitch 1 cm (3/8 in) from one 60 cm (24 ins) long edge = center front seam. Finish edges of allowances together and press allowances to one side. On upper edge of skirt, mark 28 cm (11 ins) to both sides of this seam. Fold skirt at one of these marks, right side facing in. Beginning at fold, stitch 1 cm (3/8 in) from upper edge, 23 cm (9 1/8 ins) long. At end of stitching, clip allowance on upper edge of skirt. Turn this “point” to outside. At remaining mark, sew the second “point” in the same manner. Lay back edges of skirt together, right sides facing. Stitch together 3 cm (1 1/4 in) from edge, leaving a slit, 15 cm (6 ins) long, open at top of seam. Finish edges of seam allowances individually. Press seam and slit allowances to one side – the lower slit allowance is the underlap. Press lower edge of skirt to wrong side, 4 cm (1 5/8 in) wide, and sew in place loosely by hand. Pin waistband piece to upper edge of skirt, right sides facing, with waistband ends extending 1 cm (3/8 in) wide at pressed-under slit edge and at underlap. When pinning the waistband to skirt, lay extra fullness on upper edge of skirt in pleats, 7 cm (23/4 ins) from slit edge and 10 cm (4 ins) from underlap edge – pleats lie toward centre back. Stitch waistband to upper edge of skirt. Press seam allowances toward waistband. Press allowances on opposite long edge of waistband to wrong side. Fold waistband in half lengthwise, right side facing in. Stitch ends closed. Turn waistband right side out and press. Baste inner edge to attachment seam. Working from outer side, topstitch close to all edges of waistband. Above the slit edge, work one buttonhole in waistband. Sew button to waistband underlap. Fasten slit edge to slit underlap, with snap fasteners. At each “point”, slide seam 3 cm (1 1/4 in) down, at fold. Turn points toward sides, at different angles, and sew in place by hand. Also lay a pleat in side point and sew in place.
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