Heloooooo ev one!!
For those of you who are participating in the Tulle Skirt Sew Along, here is part 4 – we will be attaching the waist band today! For those who are not participating, these instructions can be used to attach a waist band to any garment!
Back to our pattern pieces, today we are working with 4 – Front waist band and 5 – Back waist band. Go ahead and cut of the fabric pieces per the instructions. Transfer notches as well.
For this demo, I am using muslin because it is easy to write on. Since muslin does not have a right or wrong side, I will be using my sharpie to write on the correct side of the fabric.
I have cut out all the pieces of the waist band and as you see we have 2 sets. Basically a waist band has one side that faces the body and one that faces the world. That is why we have 2 sets. We will be interfacing one set- the one that sits against the body.
Now that you have all the pieces cut out and laid out- we will be interfacing the wrong side on one of the sets. It does not matter which set, since they are identical,
Time Saving Tip: Instead of cutting out the interfacing using the pattern, I use this time-saving technique: I interface all pieces at once and then cut along the outline.
Always use a press cloth while applying interfacing. I am using fusible interfacing. I lay out my fabric pieces such that the wrong side of the fabric is facing the adhesive side of the interfacing. Then I cover the fabric with a press cloth and fuse using steam and heat. A presscloth is nothing more than a piece of scrap muslin.. or you can even use any scrap fabric that is cotton.
Next, we are going to construct the waist band. With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, pin the back pieces to the front piece on both sets as shown below.
Then go ahead sew up seams you just pinned and press them. Press the side seams towards the centre back seam as shown below. The arrows indicate the directions in which you should press the seams. DO NOT SKIP Pressing.. if you do, your garment will look home-made.. and you don’t want that! To see how to press seams, read my tutorial HERE
Now your pieces should look like this–
Now that we have sewn the backs to the fronts, we should have 2 pieces of fabric , One that is interfaced, one that is not interfaced. Place the interfaced waist band and the non interfaced waist band on top of each other with the right sides facing each other and pin along the top of the waist band and stitch.
The next step is really important. We need to press this baby so we can get a really nice crisp fold on top of the waist band. There is a trick to this..
With the wrong side of the waist band facing the sky, finger press the seam open
Then using your iron and steam, press this seam open
Next, flip the waist band so the right side of the fabric is facing the sky. Then press the seam with heat and steam
Now go ahead fold the waist band with the wrong sides together and press the fold of the waist band again. It will be nice and crisp!
Next, we will remove bulk from the seam by trimming the seam allowance. What I do is flip the waist band, wrong sides out and trim as shown
Now are waist band is finally beginning to look like a waist band! wohoo!!!
Now the final part is to attach the waist band to the skirt..
If you have been following along in the sew along, you should have 2 pieces now that look like this: WB and skirt
Next, we are going to attach the waist band to the skirt, which is the final part:
With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, place the NON interfaced part of the waist band to the skirt at the waist seam. I like to start by matching and pinning the side seams, then I pin the centre back, centre front, and randomly pin in the middle. Use your notches to make sure you are pinning the waist band and skirt correctly.
This is where we will stop for now.. L@@K.. Its beginning to look like a tulle skirt! We will close up the waist band after we attach the zipper, which is coming next!
That is it for now! I’ll see you soon with the next steps where we insert our invisible zippers and hem this baby up.
If you have any questions about these steps, leave a comment , email me or contact me in the facebook group dedicated to this sew along
I have set up a Facebook group for the sew along. This will be a place for Q&A, posting pictures of our progress, sharing inspiration pics and of course proudly modelling our final skirts! You can follow the sew along by either subscribing to my blog here or connecting with me and others in the Facebook group. You can join the FB group HERE
See you soon!!!