Agnes sew along (4): Lining and skirt vent

This is part 4 of the Agnes Skirt sew along series. The other posts can be found here

** Please note that the pattern was updated in May 2020 and rebranded as a ‘Michelle Sews’ pattern rather than a ‘Pearson and Pope’ pattern. If you had purchased the Agnes Skirt prior to that update, you will have received an email explaining the changes and inviting you to download the updated pattern (which will also be available under your account on our website). If you don’t have the ‘Michelle Sews’ instructions, please download the pattern files again! References to step numbers below are to the step numbers of the updated instructions.**

So let’s continue where we left off! You may also want to watch this video snippet which covers the lining and vent construction.


Steps 27-31

  • Follow the instructions to assemble the skirt lining: stitch the pleats, stitch the back seam between the zip notch and the top corner of the vent, stitch the side seams, and then hem the skirt lining.
  • Baste the lining to the skirt to hold it in place – stitch for a few inches at the side seams but not along the back of the skirt.

Steps 32-33:

  • Lay the skirt in front of you, right sides out and with the front of the skirt on top. On the skirt lining, clip to the turning point of the cutaway vent (the point labelled on the pattern piece for the left lining back).
  • Turn the skirt lining along the vent edge (pushing all the lining across to the left of the inside of the skirt) so that you can pin the lining to the raw edge of the folded back vent on the main skirt, RST. Align/match the clipped turning point of the lining vent with the marked turning point of the vent on the main skirt as you do so.
  • Stitch from the clipped turning point down to the base of the lining hem.

Steps 34-35

  • Turn the hem of the skirt back up on itself (in line with the notch for the hemline) at the bottom of the vent piece you just stitched. Pin – it will overlap the lining slightly – and stitch from the overlap down to the bottom.
  • Turn that side of the vent out. As you do so, fold the vent in line with the notch at the base of the skirt – the lining on this side doesn’t go all the way to the edge of the vent. It should look like the image below. The short section I’m pointing to in the picture below will need to be hand stitched. You can do that now or when you are hemming the skirt.

Steps 36-37

  • Pin the lining vent to the main skirt, right sides together, on the other side of the vent.
  • Stitch from the corner of the vent (the dot just above my hand in the image below) down to the bottom of the lining.
  • Turn up the hem, pin and stitch.
  • Turn the vent out to the right side. This time you don’t need to fold it back on itself. It should look like the picture below.

Steps 38-40

  • Slip the short edge of the vent underlap into the opening at the top of the vent. Pin in place, then find the pinned section from the inside of the skirt, between the lining and main skirt layers. 
  • Arrange that short section so that you can stitch through all layers, from the inside of the skirt, and then stitch between the marks at the top of the vent.
  • Turn the skirt right sides out. It should look like the image below.You can then stitch over the same short diagonal seam from the outside of the skirt, for extra strength. 

Steps 41-45

These steps involve hand stitching, so we will cover them in Part 5 of the sew along, after the waistband has been attached, when you will have more hand stitching to do.

In the meantime, give your skirt a good press.
That’s all for now, sewers! Hopefully you are pleased with how your skirt is looking and can see how close we are to finishing it. In the final part of the sew along we will deal with the waistband and finishing touches.