How to sew a French seam on a skirt – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt

In today’s video we are going to join our front and back panels with a French seam.

I feel like whenever you say the words “French seam” people just cringe and think it’s going to be fancy and hard, but it is really very simple.

You are just going to sew the seam twice, first with the wrong sides of the fabric together with a 1/4-inch seam. Then trim the seam to an 1/8-inch and sew a second time with the right sides together at 3/8-inch seam.

The two seams added together give you the standard 5/8-inch dressmaker’s seam allowance, and the second seam encloses all of your raw edges. That means you don’t need to overlock it and can create a strong, beautiful finish with your standard sewing machine.

I personally love them and use them all the time even though I have a serger. I just think it looks so much nicer and elevates the look of the finished piece, making it better than what you would find in the store.

Make sure you grab one or both of the skirt patterns we will be making in the Intro to Garment Sewing course.
Simple Pull-On Skirt:
Simple A-Line Skirt:

And shop our current fabrics that will work for sewing a skirt:
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