This post will teach you how to add either a functional or faux button front to your Children's Meadow Skirt, or Adult Meadow Skirt patterns.
Like to unbutton the bottom of your skirt? Choose the functional version.
Like the look of a button front, but don't care for sewing buttonholes? Opt for the faux version.
Both button front methods are suitable for using with the "gathered front" version of the skirt.
Button Front - Functional Version
1. Add 2.5" (6.3cm) to the front skirt piece fold line before cutting out 1 mirrored pair (not 1 piece on the fold).
2. Create a memory fold on the front centre edges of each front skirt piece. With the wrong side facing up, fold 1" (2.5cm) from the front edge, and then fold another 1" (2.5cm) a second time. Press.
3. Topstitch 1/8" (3mm) from the edge of the fold, down the length of the front skirt piece.
4. Repeat for the other front skirt piece.
5. With right sides facing up, lay the wearers left piece over the right piece, matching the folded edges with the stitching lines. The button stands should sit on top of each other.
6. Baste the top of the flap with a 1/4" (6mm) seam allowance.
7. Add buttonholes as desired onto the wearers right front skirt button stand. Lay the button stands over each other and mark button positions on the left front stand, through the buttonholes. Attach your buttons.
Leave a gap of at least 5" (12cm) at the bottom of the front pieces for hemming and a lovely looking edge.
8. Gather between the pockets until the overall top of the skirt reaches the same width as the woven waistband, or the gathering measurement in the chart if making a sensory or maternity version. Do not gather across the button stand.
9. Continue sewing as per the remainder of the Meadow Skirt pattern tutorial.
Button Front - Faux Version
1. Add 1" (2.5cm) to the fold line before cutting out the front skirt piece. Cut one on the fold.
2. With wrong sides together, fold the skirt front in half. Top stitch 1" (2.5cm) in from the centre front fold.
3. Open out the skirt front. Press the flap to the wearers left side.
4. Baste the top and bottom of the flap with a 1/4" (6mm) seam allowance.
5. Add buttons as desired onto the flap. Sew the buttons through all the layers, so they hold the flap down.
Leave a good 5" (12cm) at the bottom of the skirt for hemming, and to look nice.
6. Gather between the pockets, but not over the button stand. Gather until the overall top of the skirt reaches the same width as the woven waistband, or the gathering measurement in the chart if making a sensory or maternity version.
7. Continue sewing as per the remainder of the Meadow Skirt pattern tutorial.
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