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This is the perfect skirt complete with pleats, pockets, and a beautiful A-line shape. I finished up sewing this retro style skirt pattern from the 06/2019 issue in bright yellow twill with contrasting buttons. In part 2 I cover installing the waistband with belt loops as well as the button and button holes and hem.

June Mash Up Skirt Pattern

As I debuted in last week’s post, I’m sewing up our Button Up Skirt pattern that has a midi hem length as part of my yearly Mash Up capsule collection.

Step 19

Once my belt loops were sewed, I had to first baste them to the skirt waistline before I installed the waistband. I aligned the back ones with the darts, and the front ones with the end of the pleats.

Step 20

For the waistband I pressed the allowance to the wrong side along one of the long edges.

Step 21

Then I pinned my skirt with basted pleats and belt loops to the unpressed edge of the waistband with the seam allowance overhanging along the short front edges.

Step 22

Once my waistband was stitched to my skirt I pressed the seam allowances up towards the waistband.

Step 23

Then I folded each short end of my waistband right sides together aligning the pressed edge with the seam allowance…

Step 24

…and stitched.

Step 25

Working from the wrong side I pinned the un-sewn pressed edge over the seam allowance covering the waistline seam.

Step 26

On the right side of the skirt the belt loop pieces remain down until the waistband is topstitched. At this point I also pressed the un-sewn edge of the belt loop to the wrong side.

Step 27

Removing pins as I sewed, I topstitched around the entire waistband catching the waistband on the wrong side.

Step 28

Along the front waistband edges I pivoted at the corners.

Step 29

I then pinned the belt loops to the top of the waistband aligning the edges…

Step 30

…and topstitched to the waistband in line with the existing stitching.

Step 31

For the hem I unfolded the front self facing and pressed up my hem allowance.

Step 32

Then topstitched close to the top edge and folded the self facing back to the wrong side. I also handstitched the facing to the allowance to keep it from flipping to the right side.

Step 33

Using my paper pattern as a template,and my frixon pen, I marked all my buttonholes in place.

Step 34

I marked them to start 1/4" away from the edge.

Step 35

And using my automatic buttonhole foot, I installed all the buttonholes! I always get nervous at this step in my project, but I always do test buttonhole in my fabric to make sure that the buttonhole style I chose was ok as well as the stitches in my fabric weight.

Step 36

Ta da! They look great.

Step 37

Next was to hand sew on all my buttons. I really love my button choice for this project and how they pop against the yellow fabric.

Step 38

I cut open all my button holes and tried on my skirt – it’s perfect.

Step 39

The buttons as well as the pockets are my favorite parts of this skirt, and the midi tea length works well with the silhouette.

Step 40

The wide hem also balances out the skirt and weights it well. Can’t wait to wear and photograph this skirt.

Next week I’ll debut my finished button front skirt. Need to think of some cute tops to style it with.

Happy Sewing!

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    Jun 26, 2019, 05.08 AMby ronnielee

    Love the colour and style suits so well! Buttonholes – my make or break.eekkk

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    Jun 21, 2019, 06.43 PMby Evmorales

    Oh Meg, this looks amazing. That yellow fabric is perfect! It’s been a while I don’t make a skirt!

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    Jun 21, 2019, 05.33 PMby Mayke27

    Haha good to know that even you get nervous making buttonholes! I’ve avoided them for such a long time but recently started a project that really needs them… I thought I’d just get over it and give it a try, not looking forward to that part yet! Can’t wait to see the wear-pictures :)

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    Jun 21, 2019, 09.41 AMby Ngo Binh

    It looks great!

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    Jun 20, 2019, 05.29 PMby bmarquez

    Beautiful work!!! Too much inspiring

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