You’ve made it! Today is the last tutorial for the Charly Sew Along! If you are just now joining us, no worries! You have until March 20th to post your steps and completed project in our Facebook group and/or on Instagram. Charly is a very quick sew, so you definitely have some wiggle room in our schedule to sew one up. When you post, be sure to use the hashtags #charlysewalong and the corresponding day of your steps in the series (#dayone, #daytwo, #daythree, #dayfour).
Today we are putting everything together! You will be attaching your completed skirt to your completed bodice, and basking in the joy of another finished project! Grab your pieces and let’s get started!
This is a good time to mark the placement for your buttons. I like to do this before the skirt is gathered. It gives me a nicer surface to work on! Lay out your buttons how you would like them, then mark them with disappearing ink. I have used five 3/4″ buttons on my size 6 Charly tunic.
Use the longest setting on your machine and add 2 rows of a basting stitch to the top edge of the skirt. I like to add mine at 3/8″ and 5/8″. This will give you a nice, even gather across the top!
Mark the center point of your bodice and skirt pieces, and with the 2 pieces right sides together, pin the top of the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, matching up the side seams and centers. Pull 2 of your basting threads and gather the skirt to fit the bodice. I leave the faux placket area flat so it lays nice and doesn’t pucker. Pin in place as you go.
Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance and serge or zig zag your seam!.
Turn your tunic right side out, use a seam ripper to remove the visible gathering stitches, then give it a good press, pressing the seam towards the bodice.
So pretty! Today is technically the last day for tutorials, but tomorrow I’ll have a post with a wrap up and a few more fun things that you can do with your Charly to make it sparkle even more!