Tutorial: How to make a waist band for a skirt

There are many ways to handle the waist line when making a skirt. You can make a waist band, attach an interfacing, or use a bias tape.

You will need stiffening, fabric and the sewing essentials. Stiffening is different from interfacing. It is much harder and sturdier, usually with a glued side.

1. Depending on the waist measurement of your skirt, cut the exact same length for the stiffening. If you want a more shapely waist band, you may follow the curves on your pattern.

2. Using the stiffening as a marker, add 4cm to the left and right side, and 2cm to the top and and bottom. The is theĀ dimension of the fabric. Cut 2 pieces out.

3. Iron the stiffening onto one piece of the fabric, leaving allowances all around.

4. Pin, tag and sew the stiffened fabric onto the other piece, leaving about 2cm from the edge. This is to give space for the zip later on.

5. Pin, tag and sew the stiffened side onto the skirt.

6. Pin, tag and sew the zip. I’m using a concealed zip here. Align the top of the plastic stopper tip to the top corner of the stiffening.

7. Pin, tag and sew the portion below the zip.

8. Sew the rest of the 2cm to secure the skirt band and the skirt. Trim the allowance to about 1cm.

9. Flip the back of the skirt band, so that the right side of the back piece is facing the right side of the skirt. Using a one-sided footer, sew the fabric onto the zip, leaving about 1cm of space to tuck the excess fabric underneath. Trim the excess to about 1cm as well.

10. Flip the corner over and tuck the excess fabric underneath.

11. Pin and tag as you tuck the excess fabric

12. Topstitch (on the right side of the waist band).

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