4b. To prepare the edge of the skirt for the ribbon, serge the
raw edge that starts at the front, parallel to the ribbing section,
continues around the underarm edge of the skirt, and ends
parallel to the ribbing at the back. If you don’t have a serger, you
can zigzag stitch this same path, or eyeball about a ¼" edge.
4c. Start pinning the ribbon to the
inside edge of the skirt, starting at the
6" mark you pinned earlier, and using
the ¼" stitching as a pinning guide.
With the wrong sides together, pin
the lower edge of the ribbon to the
edge of the skirt so that the lower
edge of the ribbon extends just below
the ¼" edge stitching. Repeat on the
Top side of ribbon
4d. Stitch the ribbon along the pinned edge, right side up and
as neatly as possible. This is going to be on the top edge of your
finished skirt. Again, repeat on the opposite side.
4e. Fold the ribbon to the outside of the jumper and pin in place.
Stitch along the new lower edge of the ribbon. Topstitch ¼"
from the top edge of the ribbon for a flatter fold. Repeat on the
opposite side. Depending on the degree of drape and crosswise
stretch, some ribbon will require a small dart under the arm to
lay completely flat. If necessary, take a tiny tuck and topstitch
each side of the dart, from the top edge to the point. The shoulder
straps and lower straps are in place!
5. ATTACH YOUR D-RINGS
Turning your attention back to the front, you’re ready to position
the straps so you can attach your D-rings. Two D-rings per strap
5a. Slip the shoulder strap ribbon through the 2 rings so that the
rings lie over the bust, but hang 2" above the lower straps. Pin
the ribbon snuggly against the positioned D-rings and check the
fit by running the lower straps through them. Once the proper
length is definitely determined, trim the excess ribbon away from
the pinned ribbon, leaving a 1½" tail.