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Kelly Sewalong : Waistband

Kelly Sewalong - Waistband

The next step in our Kelly skirt construction is attaching the waistband. It’s the exact same construction on both the pleated and gathered waists, but my sample here will be on a gathered version.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Attach interfacing to the wrong side of your waistband.

Note: If you are using quite a heavy denim and are worried about adding too much bulk to your seams you may be able to skip this step.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Fold 1/2″ (1.3cm) inwards along one of the long edges and press flat.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Lay your skirt down in front of you, open, with right side of the fabric facing up.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Pin the non-folded edge of the waistband to the top of the skirt with right sides facing each other so that 5/8″ (1.5cm) of the waistband piece sticks out beyond the placket front of the skirt on each end.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

In these two images, you can see how the waistband extends beyond the skirt on each end.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

If you have made a gathered version, now is a good time to adjust those gathers to line up with the skirt correctly.

If you’ve made a pleated version, and have done the pleats correctly, everything should line up on its own.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew 5/8″ (1.5cm) from the raw edge.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Press the seam upwards towards the waistband.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

With right side of the fabric facing you, grab the top edge of the waistband at one corner…

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

…and fold the waistband in half with right sides facing each other. Match up the folded edge of the waistband with the waist seam previously sewn.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew 5/8″ (1.5cm) from the raw edge along the waistband centre front. Be very careful not to catch the placket front in your sewing.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Clip the corner of the seam allowance.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Repeat for the other side of the waistband centre front.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now turn the waistband the right way round, towards the inside of the skirt, and press.

Make sure you use a pointing tool to make the top corner of the waistband nice and square.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Line up the folded bottom edge of the waistband, with the waist seam of the skirt.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

As you do this, pin in place from the right side of the skirt.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Here it is from the inside.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Carefully topstitch 1/8″ (0.3cm) from the seam edge on the outside of the skirt to enclose the waistband.

how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the waistband on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Here you can see that as you sew along the right side of the waistband, it catches and encloses the waistband on the inside. The next step will be the Buttonholes & Buttons! Your skirt is coming together!


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About Author

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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