Here are a few tips from our sewing session: 1. Because the fabric was fairly loosely woven, we took the fabric immediately to the machine after cutting out the pieces and used a broad and long zigzag stitch around all of the pieces. 2. To reduce bulk, we cut the facings from a lightweight cotton fabric. 3. We lined the skirt, and to further reduce bulk, Mary Kay attached the facing to the top of the skirt and the lining to the facing. 4. Mary Kay cut bias strips, about 1 ½” wide from the lining fabric and bound all of the raw seam edges. 5. Before hemming, we let the skirt hang overnight to find its natural drape. 6. For a bit of fun and accent we added a silk ruffle along the bottom edge. If you’re at TNNA or Convergence, stop by the booth to see our creations. Besides my sewing lesson, I learned that cutting into that handwoven fabric isn’t so scary after all—especially under the tutelage of an experienced friend.