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: 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. When ready to sew the center back seam, sew out to the vent at a 45 degree angle following the cut line. 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. 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.

(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.



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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