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Learn to Sew – Project #1 (Lesson 2)

Hello everyone!  Today we’re moving on to Lesson 2 of Project #1.  Hopefully you’ve purchased your pattern, fabric, and notions for your circle skirt.  Thank you so much for all the positive feedback on the Lesson 1 Video.  My goodness, I never knew that recording a video tutorial would be so much work.  Nevertheless, I’m pleased with the outcome and I’m learning so much about video production.  If I can teach just one person to sew through this Course, then the labor is worth it.  I’m enjoying this so far.

Video Alert!!!

I want to alert you, in advance, that the video for Lesson 2 has a few segments where the audio sounds muffled.  You can still hear what I’m saying, but the change in sound will be evident.  Thank you for being patient with us while we learn the do’s & don’ts of filming videos.  Also, if you are viewing the video from a mobile device, you may not be able to see the text overlays I’ve inserted for corrections to a few things I say, or forget to say.  I haven’t figured out why the overlays are not showing.  After filming Lesson 2, I’ve learned a better way, so Lesson 3 will be different.

Lesson 2 – Video Corrections

Because the text overlays are not visible for those viewing the video from mobile devices, I want to list here what (text) you will not see on the Lesson 2 video.

  1. Cutting Piece #3: (@14:30.0) Piece #3 will be cut on all four sides, not as one piece.  You will cut it twice as separate pieces.
  2. Grainlines: (@38:24.5) The Bias offers the most stretch.  The Crosswise Grain offers more stretch than the Lengthwise Grain.
  3. Notches: (@47:27.9) Don’t forget to snip your notches.
  4. Pocket Piece: (@49:00.0)  A link to the PDF Pocket Piece is in the description box below.

PDF Pocket Pattern Piece

If you missed it last week, here is the PDF pocket pattern piece that you will hear about in the video.  You can print it onto regular copy paper.  You will need this piece if you wish to add pockets to your design.  PDF Pocket Pattern Piece

Enjoy the video, and take your time.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, or go to the Contact page and send me an email message.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!


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Beginner’s Sewing Course – Project #1 – Lesson 2

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. KH

    I’d like to try to make this and purchased the materials for a size 20. However, while I’m squarely on a size 20 for my waist, my hips are exactly a size 16. The ease for the hips on the size 20 is quite a bit. Since this is a skirt, does this matter as much? If so, are there any resources that address this? Thank you!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi KH! If the amount of ease at the hip in the size 20 is too much, you could always cut a 20 for the waist and a 18 for the hip. You would just blend the cutting lines. I teach how to do that in the beginning of Lesson #2. Check it out to see if it helps.

  2. sherry

    Hi Anita. Question, for pattern layout skirt C, 45″ size 14 -20, piece 6 wrong side of pattern – how much should be measured from the grain line to the selvage edge? Should it be the same as piece number 3?


    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Sherry! I’m so sorry! I thought I had already responded to your question, but I see that I did not. To answer your question: Just place piece #6 near the selvage and measure, making sure the grainline arrow on the pattern piece is parallel with the selvage. It doesn’t have to be the same distance as piece #3. The distance from the selvage isn’t important, just that it’s even with the selvage. I hope this helps. Again, please excuse me for not responding earlier.

  3. Sherry

    I am a beginner and I love your tutorials. I have been taking lots of notes.
    I have a question about laying the pattern on the fabric. I am making skirt C on the 45″ width. Just want to be sure, I am laying the fabric right side facing up. You said to lay the fabric out flat. Does that mean to lay the fabric out completely flat without folding it when laying pieces number 3 & 4?

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Sherry! Yes, ma’am! You are absolutely correct. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the tutorials so far.

  4. Sheila

    Great tutorial. I needed a refresher….thanks

  5. Lisa

    Awesome video class! I do so wish I’d seen your class 10 years ago. You cover so many things I learned the hard way and a few I hadn’t learned before watching your video class. Thank you for all the time, effort, and expertise you are pouring into this class for us. I look forward to next week.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Lisa, thank you so much for your comment and encouragement. When I hear feedback like this, it helps me to know that I’m being helpful. Have a great day! See you on Friday!

  6. Brittang

    Hi again Anita! I’m almost done with this week’s lesson but wanted to ask you a question. I’m using a thinner linen fabric. So, no “right””wrong” sides….right? Should I mark them the right and wrong sides or does it not matter? Thanks!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Brittang! You are absolutely right, and that’s one thing I forgot to mention in the first video. When there’s no obvious right or wrong side, you choose which side you want to be the right side of your fabric. Yes, I would mark which is the right or wrong side on all pieces just to be consistent. I hope this helps. Thanks for the question.

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