Adding a vent is safe and easy!

As mentioned in my polka dot skirt post, I’m not a fan of skirt slits, much preferring a vent. I’ve had incidents where a split.. well, continued to split, to an indecent height. I also feel like the reveal more leg than I would like when walking – with skirts the length I’m making it’s not such an issue, but still. Vent is classier. The Gertie pencil skirt is drafted with a slit, rather than a vent; so for my last version, and another i’ve made but not photographed, I added my own vent. There is another skirt in the middle that I forgot to add the vent to; and not photographed because… it doesn’t fit. Not sure if y’all already know how to do this, but in case you don’t here’s a quick tutorial. Basically, it’s this easy:https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p10500601.jpg Just add a piece to the center back seam at the bottom. I tend to add about 5cm in width and 15cm length; make sure it joins the center back seam with a 45 degree angle. Start by finishing each edge; I usually just overlock, press and sew. https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p1050046.jpg https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p1050047.jpg When ready to sew the center back seam, sew out to the vent at a 45 degree angle following the cut line. https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p1050048.jpg Next, clip the obtuse angle to (but not through) the stitches. I then finish the top of the vent with pieces together, and the pieces of the center back separately, pressing them apart. https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p1050050.jpg You now need to sew along that same 45 degree angle, but through the main/shell fabric too, so you’ll end up with some top-stitching; make sure the bobbin thread matches the shell fabric. https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p1050054.jpg

(These photos are all upside down because I was taking photos on my desk, don’t be weirded out)

And, that’s basically it. Finish the skirt bottom as you would otherwise.

https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p1050057.jpg

https://tworandomwords.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/p1050056.jpg

Ta-da!

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5 thoughts on “Adding a vent is safe and easy!

  1. I am currently making a skirt with back vent pleat from a sewing book, but the pattern and instructions are not great. The pleat itself comes out at a 90 degree angle, not a 45 degree one and it has a lining and the pattern pieces and instructions for adding the lining don’t add up at all. So, I’ve redesigned the lining pieces to mirror the skirt pieces. But, mine, I think, is supposed to be a kickpleat, not a vent. Still debating whether to make it a pleat or make it the way you did here as a vent.

    • I think for a kick pleat (which I’ve never made) you’d need to have a relatively drapey fabric for it to look right? This way is really super easy; I haven’t tried adding a lining yet though!

  2. Pingback: Gertie’s pencil skirt #2 | Pins and Noodles

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