Tillery Skirt Sewalong Day 4 - Waistband and Belt Loops

Tillery Skirt Sewalong Day 4 - Waistband and Belt Loops

We're so close to wearing our new skirts! We'll attach the waistband next. Then after that we'll finish up the details that really make your skirt look amazing and professional, starting with the belt loops.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

To begin, fuse interfacing to one of the mirrored waistband pairs. (If your interior waistband is different from the exterior one, fuse the interfacing to the interior one.) With right sides together, stitch the center back seams of both pairs (using a 1/2" [12 mm] seam allowance) and press the seams open.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4 

Pin the exterior waistband (the one without the interfacing) to the top edge of the skirt, matching the center back seams and notches. Each short end of the waistband will extend 1/2" (12 mm) past the front plackets.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

Stitch the waistband to the skirt using a 1/2" (12 mm) seam allowance. Press the seam allowances toward the waistband.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

Attach the bias tape to the lower edge of the interior waistband (the one with the interfacing).  I like to sandwich the waistband inside the bias tape and secure with wonder clips, as I find they hold it all a little straighter than pins do.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

Then, stitch the bias tape in place. Check occasionally to ensure you're catching the underneath layer of bias tape. (Alternately, you can unfold the bias tape and stitch it to the waistband right sides together, then refold around the raw edge and stitch again to secure.)

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

With right sides together, pin the bias-finshed waistband to the exterior waistband (the latter is already sewn to the skirt). Starting at the bottom of one of the short ends (which is jutting a little past the front placket), stitch up the short end, across the top long edge, then down the other short end. Use a 1/2" (12 mm) seam allowance for this. Tip: Avoid stitching too close to the placket on the short ends -- leaving the tiniest bit of space there will avoid the waistband/placket looking pinched when you turn it right side out.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

Clip the corners carefully and turn the waistband right side out. Press well.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

Topstitch all 4 edges of the waistband. Now we move to the belt loops!

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4 Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

Take your belt loop strip and finish both long edges with a serger or overlock stitch on your sewing machine. (You can use a zigzag here, if that's what you have available.) Press the long edges in to the wrong side of the strip (they'll overlap). The finished width should be a scant 1/2". Topstitch down both long edges.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4 

Cut the belt loop strip into 3" (76 mm) long pieces, which will create 5 or 7 loops depending on your size. Press the short ends of each loop 1/4" (6 mm) to the wrong side. The pressing is optional, but I find that it helps for better control when I'm stitching them to the skirt.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

For sizes XXS-L, place a belt loop on each of the front, sides and center back seams, aligning them with the flat fell topstitching. For sizes XL-3X, you'll also place a belt loop on each of the back/side back seams. I like wonder clips here too -- pins struggle with this many layers.

Tillery Skirt sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns - sewalong day 4

Stitch in place using a bar tack stitch (a short length, medium width zig zag).

There it is, that's it for today! We're in the home stretch - tomorrow it's just attaching pockets and snaps, then our awesome new skirts are complete.

 

See also:
Tillery Sewalong Day 1: Printing, Cutting, and Materials
Tillery Sewalong Day 2: Flat-Felled Seams
Tillery Sewalong Day 3: Placket and Hem
Tillery Sewalong Day 5: Snaps and Pockets




Sizing Information

Below is the sizing guide I use when designing patterns. Please note that these measurements refer to your child, not to any measurements on the finished pattern.

Please note that NOT ALL CHILDREN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 
Children's sizes, Blank Slate Patterns sewing patterns

 

Women’s sizes are based on the chart below:
Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 

Women’s sizes are based on the chart above.
Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included.