Attach the Waistband to the Skirt


The Vintage Pocket Skirt


Lesson Info

Attach the Waistband to the Skirt

Two so the waistband to the top of the skirt we're going to start out with matching some notches so I have my front waistband that's the interface side, and I'm gonna kind of line it up with the front two seams of the skirt, and then I'm going to flip it so it's right sides together. So the notches air going to match up with those seams and you can put some pins in, we're going to be stitching on the interface side of this so that's the side you want your pins on, and I'm going to pretty much go around the whole top of the skirt. The waistband was going to go in a circle on the outside, and we're gonna pin those edges together the top edge of the skirt and the notched edge of the waistband, the side seams of the waistband or going to match up with the side seams of the skirt. These pins that I'm putting in right now are just in my notches. And justin aside seems six pins to start out with that's going to give us a good parameter to start to pin the rest of the waistband to the rest of ...

the skirt, so I like to think of these again as anchor pins. If I started on one edge and just pinned all the way around in a circle by the time I got to the end it might have stretched out a little bit it might not match up a cz well so set yourself some parameters once these pins aaron then we can add the rest of the pins you may find that your skirt fabric has stretched out slightly and that's okay you can grab the pins and give it a little tug to pull that fabric a little tighter so you can put your pen in the middle and then a couple pins on the side that way you won't have one big lump when you so over it a little bit of easing to get that slightly larger fabric to fit so pinning all the way around now the last stitch that we used on her machine was that three steps zigzag and now we're going to use a straight stitch so if you're still on your three seven zigzag, make sure you switch your machine back to your straight stitch and we're going to so all the way around the top of the skirt so here I am all pinned all the way around the top edge and I'm going to take this and slide it right onto my sewing machine here you want to be really careful to keep this waistband unfolded when you're so in and there's a lot of fabric so take your time and make sure that the skirt part isn't getting stuck in the scene that we're sewing. Since we're sowing in a circle, you don't have to start with the back stitch, you can start sewing and then you go all the way around and meet up with where you started. You can do a back stitch over the beginning stitches that will secure both edges. I'm almost to where started, so like I said, I'm going to sew right over those stitches and then do a backstage, you know, I can't put my threads next thing I want to do is trim some of this extra fabric out of the way. I don't need the whole seem allowance here anymore, and if I just if I didn't trim it off, it would end up making the waistband super thick, so I'm going to turn this in half all the way around. I'll take my little scissors and as soon as I'm done trimming, we're going to head over to the iron to press this nice and flat to finish up sewing this waistband, I'm going to press this seem allowance, so it points up towards the waistband I want to be really careful not to press out the fold in my waist band, I've got a nice crease there. So I'm going to use a tool called a pressing ham it surrounded, oppressing tool that you use when you have to press around curves or when you're pressing things like darts and for me it's going to be very helpful because it will isolate the area that I'm going to be pressing so I don't press other places I'm going to kind of go around and panels on my skirts I'm going to start here from seemed to seem and it's spread this skirt fabric so it's really smooth on my pressing ham and then I'm going to use the very edge of the iron to kind of push that seem allow insert point to this way I don't want to go much past the edge of my seem allowance with my iron because they don't want to end up pressing this crease out so I'm going to stop when I get right about here and I'll do my first panel I'm holding my fabric with the iron and I'm pulling a little bit on my waistband to make this nice and tight. This is pretty important on this front edge we want to get right up to the stitching here we don't want to accidentally pressing a little fold of fabric this will be really important for a next step when we start to create the casing, so I'm going to keep going around my skirt, smoothing out each panel on my hand here and then I'm going to press along this edge so that my seem allowance points right up towards my waistband. If you don't have a pressing ham, you can roll up a towel nice and tightly to stick under there. Or you could certainly use your ironing board. Just be really careful that you don't press creases into something you don't want. Tio. So smooth it out nice and flat, and use just the edge of your iron.

Class Description

In The Vintage Pocket Skirt, Shaerie Mead gives you step-by-step instructions for making a simple, yet stylish skirt.

Shaerie, of Sew L.A., has been teaching people how to sew since 2005. In this class, she’ll show you how to make one of her most popular garments. You’ll learn about:

  • Reading and preparing the paper pattern
  • Sewing pockets and the skirt body
  • Interfacing, sewing, and attaching the waistband
  • Finishing and hemming the skirt
Even if you have never sewn before, you’ll be able to follow along. Shaerie will explain sewing basics and she’ll help you make sense of the paper patterns that are part and parcel of garment-making.

Impress people with a handmade skirt that looks complicated but is actually pretty easy to construct with tips from The Vintage Pocket Skirt with Shaerie Mead.