Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts

Today we'll be assembling the View C & D fronts of the Reed Skirt. It's a bit more straightforward than the A & B fronts, due to the patch pocket. You can also make this view without the pocket, totally up to you! You'll notice in this version we cut the pocket on the crossgrain which adds visual interest. It's also a great trick for fabrics like this stripe which, due to the curve of the princess seam, you won't be able to pattern match exactly.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline StudioReed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

To being, align the princess seams of the side fronts and center fronts. Sew the two together and finish the seam allowance as desired. We're serging ours but if you don't have a serger or prefer another method, this is completely up to you.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline StudioReed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Press the seam allowances towards the center front of the skirt panels.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Topstitch through the seam allowance and center front panels 1/4" from the seam line.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Fold the top edge of the patch pocket towards the wrong side of the fabric, along the top fold line, and press.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Flip the pocket right side up and fold along the second set of fold line notches, bringing the top edge of the pocket over to the right side of the fabric. Pin along the sides as shown above.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Sew along the sides of the folded edge as shown here.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Now clip the top corners and then grade the seam allowance of the folded layer of fabric.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Flip the top of the pocket so that the right side is facing out and the corners are sharp. Press along the top and sides.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Press the seam allowance under to the wrong side of the pocket. Press. 

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Stitch across the folded pocket edge, anchoring it in place. The stitching wasn't showing up well in our photos so I've highlighted the stitching path in pink above.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Align the pocket using the pocket placement marks corresponding with your size. First pin the two corners of the pockets to the pocket markings, then smooth the pocket over and pin the other side in place.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

Sew around the sides and bottom of the pocket, attaching it in place. Repeat for the other side of the skirt.

Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts | Grainline Studio

You'll now have two pocketed fronts that look like this! You can see clearly what I was talking about with the pocket stripes not being able to be matched here. Due to the curve of the princess seam V's are created by the stripes, something impossible to match with a single patch pocket.

Next up we'll be attaching the View B & D lower panels, stay tuned!