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Wattle Sewalong: How to sew the tie waistband

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

It’s time for my favorite waistband version of the Wattle skirt – the tie waistband! It’s such a unique waistband closure, and oh so sweet!

If you’ve sewn the tie waistband on the Flint pants before, this process will be exactly like that, but the ties are just longer. I personally love the longer ties paired with the skirt, but I’d love to see someone use the shorter ties from Flint on their Wattle skirt! Just an idea ;).

Either of the waistbands can actually be attached to any of the style skirt options for Wattle. For this tutorial, I’ll be attaching the tie waistband to a gathered version (view C). But it is the exact same process if you adding it to a pleated (view B) or bias cut (views A/D) skirt.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsStart by applying lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of your waistband [12] and left waistband piece [13].

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsMake sure to transfer all notches and buttonhole markings onto your waistband and left waistband piece. You can transfer the notches to the wrong side as you normally would, but I like to mark the buttonhole on the left waistband piece on the right side of the fabric to make it easier later on.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsSet the waistband pieces aside for a minute.

Fold your two ties in half lengthwise with right sides together. Pin in place.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsLeaving the short straight edge open, sew 1/4″ from the raw edge down the long outer edge of the tie, then pivot and sew 1/4″ down the slanted short edge.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsTrim back the seam allowance near the points and clip the corners.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn the ties the right way around through the open short ends. Use a pointing tool to shape the point of the ties.

Press well.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the ties right side together on the Waistband at the positions indicated on the pattern piece, so that the tie butts up against the notch.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsBaste in place ½”  from the raw edge.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the Left Waistband piece right sides together on the left seam of the Waistband.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew 5/8” from the raw edge through the waistband pieces and the tie.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress the seam open or towards the back (main part of the waistband).

You can see from the right side how the one tie is now sewn into the seam.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the waistband on the skirt with right sides together, lining up the top edge, so that the notches on the waistband line up with the indicated points (notches or seams) on the skirt. Make sure you attach the waistband the correct way round, the edge of the ties will now sit very close to the waistline seam.

Begin to pin.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsThe waistband will extend 5/8” beyond the pocket opening.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsContinue pinning all the way around, continuing to make sure all notches line up.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsThe left waistband piece will extend beyond the pocket on the inside by 5/8″, too.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew 5/8″ from the edge around the entire waist edge. Again, make sure not to close that left side pocket closed.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn under the inside edge of the waistband by 5/8” (1.5cm) and press well.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress the waistband and seam allowance up away from the skirt.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow fold the waistband in half with right sides facing each other, and match up the folded edge of the waistband with the waist seam previously sewn. The top edge where you are folding in half should butt right up against the top edge of the tie.

Pin in place.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsDo the same thing with the other side.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge along the waistband short edges. Be careful not to catch the skirt or pocket edge in your sewing. The line of stitching should just line up perfectly with the skirt/pocket edge.

Clip the corner and trim the seam allowance back.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn the waistband the right way round and press. Use a pointing tool to make the top corner of the waistband nice and square.

The bottom folded edge of the waistband should just cover the waist seam stitching on the inside.

Pin the waistband to the seam allowance on the inside.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsEither topstitch just under 1/8″ from the seam edge (on the waistband) to secure,

OR

Stitch in the ditch from the right side of the fabric (what I have demonstrated here). Stitch right in the waistline seam, catching the edge of the waistband on the inside. This is why I mentioned extending it slightly earlier!

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsYou can see how the waistband is now secure and enclosed on the inside now.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew a single button hole on the inner left waistband in the position indicated on the pattern.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew a single button on the inside of the outer waistband in the position indicated on the pattern.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsThe skirt will now be secured when closed with the aid of a hidden internal button and side ties.

how to sew the tie waistband on the Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen PatternsTa-da! Pretty tie closure!


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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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