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Need help with Music Class skirt

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    Hi! I’m trying to assemble the pocket and step two has me confused. I did exactly as instructions state but it seems to short when I try to attach the pleated insert. I’m sure it’s something simple but can anyone explain it to me?
    I’ve included a photo to show how it looks after I edge stitched and matched the edge stitched piece to the notches with the line/larger dots.
    The photo wouldn’t attach. I’m so frustrated trying to figure out this simple step. 🙂

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    I can dig out my instructions in a minute here. First, tell me what does the pocket plus pleated insert seem too short for?

    I’ve been meaning to sew up another of these. Maybe I will trace out the pattern in size 8 and follow along . . .

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    OK, looking at the instructions now.

    If I am recalling this correctly, the pocket doesnt go all the way to the bottom of the side panel. It goes part way. Which makes sense, because if you have a lucky frog or a violin rosin in your skirt pocket, you don’t want to be bending over to fetch it from just above your knee. It also reduces bulk in the seam. The pleat gets sewn to the bottom of the panel, not the bottom of the pocket.

    Does that help? I can try again if I misunderstood the problem!

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    I have the side panel wrong side up like the instructions show…now it says to fold and press the side panel towards the wrong side of the bottom notches-the line with the small dots. And edge stitch. I did that.

    Then I assume I turn it over to right side up-that’s what the diagram shows. And then match the edge stitch fold to the notches at the top with the large dots. When I do that it doesn’t look anything like the diagram. I know I’m doing something wrong.

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    OK, we’re talking about pattern piece 12 here. It’s narrower at the top than at the bottom, and it has some notches on the sides.

    I usually ignore the dots.

    First – did you trace the right size?
    Next – is the piece right-side up (slightly narrower bit at the top)?

    When I do this, I press and pin the pleats first (I’m fussy), then I put my skirt pieces wrong side up on my ironing board and fold/press at the first set of notches from the bottom. Edge stitch. Press again. There are now two sets of notches above my fold on the pattern piece.

    I fold my pattern piece AT the lower set of remaining notches. I fold it TO the upper set of notches. What follows is my attempt to draw an ASCII pic of the results from the wrong side:

    | |
    |. |
    >. < (top set of notches)
    |. |
    |. |
    |. |
    ———- (this is the fold)
    |. |
    ———- (this is the seam)
    (Pleats go here)

    From the right side you get:
    |. |
    |. |
    ———- (top of pocket)
    |. |
    |. |
    |. |
    |. |
    ———- (seam)
    (Pleats go here)

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    OK, that us a bad ASCII drawing. The lines are supposed to be the same width apart as the “seams”

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    Profile photo of RosemaryRosemary @rlwright75

    Ok so in the first step you fold AT the bottom line/bottom notches and not TO the bottom line/bottom notches…

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    Yes. You might have to do some unpicking. Did that fix it?

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    http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/music-class-medley.html

    This post is about the pleats but possibly the photos may help?

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    Yes! You have been an amazing help! Thank you for taking the time. 😀
    Now hopefully it’s smooth sailing for me the rest of the way. Thank you again!

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    Thank you too Nicole! I’m off to check out the link you posted.

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    My pleasure, @ellenmcm was the hero here!
    Happy sewing.

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    How did you go Rosemary? Are you on your way again?

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    Yes! I made my way through that and am now at the waistband so almost finished! Thank you! 🙂

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    Hooray!

    I love this skirt – the pockets and the pleats make it special, but it’s a great, quick sew.

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