How to Make a Basic Skirt

Added Dec 31, 2010

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...

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Step 17 Construct the waistband and sew the invisible zipper to lining

Next, construct your waistband. Iron on fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the self fabric. Fold the waistband in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) and press. Pin the skirt self fabric and waistband right sides together with center front, center back, and side seams matching the waistband notches. Sew together at a 1/2 inch seam allowance, making sure that the left side of the skirt waistband has a 1/2 inch seam allowance jutting out and that the extension is on the right side of the skirt. Press the waistband and seam line up.

Next, fold in the 1/2 inch seam allowance on the unstitched end of the waistband towards the wrong side and press to create a crease.

Fold the waistband over at the foldline, right sides together and wrong sides out. On the left side of the waistband (the side with no extension), sew the end at a 1/2 inch seam allowance and trim the seams and corners down before turning right side out. Press the waistband along the foldline wrong sides together.

On the extension end, also sew the end at a 1/2 inch seam allowance, trimming the seam and corners down before turning right side out. Press here and the entire waistband along the foldline wrong sides together.

Next, hand sew the ends of the waistband shut using a slipstitch. Continue to use a slipstitch to hand sew the folded edge of the waistband to the skirt seamline (where lining and self fabric were sewn together) to fully join the inner waistband to the lining of the skirt. Prior to this, you may want to trim down the seam allowance at the waist to 1/4 inch to reduce bulk.

Sew the snap onto the waistband. Lastly, slipstitch around the invisible zipper to attach to the lining, using the 1/2 seam allowance crease as a guide.

C’est fini!

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