How to: Petersham Ribbon Waistband
Added Dec 15, 2011
Cedar City, Utah...
For the waistband, you will need two lengths of petersham that is your waist measurement + 1/2″ for wearing ease + seam allowances. Please note, that I’m only talking about the plum petersham I’m using here. You’ll want both an inside and outside waistband – the honey petersham is just a trimming for the outside (its not on the inside). If you plan to wear your skirt/bottom with a shirt tucked in, I would recommend taking your waist measurement over clothing, just so that you don’t get it too tight. To begin, you’ll need to pre-shrink the petersham (do this before cutting), by soaking in warm water for a couple of minutes and drip drying. Once dry, give the petersham a good press and stretch slightly as you go. Next, stitch the petersham facing waistband to the skirt lining. To make this step easier, I added a basting stitch along the seam allowance of the lining and lined up the petersham with the stitching line. Topstitched the petersham to the skirt lining and then took out the basting stitch. Did the same thing for the outer skirt too, but added the covered belt buckle and honey petersham beforehand. Bonus Tip ✂ You can also hand baste before stitching with your machine to make things even easier. I did that for the honey petersham as I applied it to the outside waistband. After you’ve applied the petersham, give your seam allowance (skirt fabrics only) a good trim to 1/4″. Makes for alot less bulk when wearing. Easy as pie right?