Tutorial: How to sew on the Meringue waistband
Yesterday, we showed you how to draft your own waistband for the Meringue skirt, since the original design has a simple facing at the waist. Today, we’ll just go through the steps for attaching it.
Cut out all the pattern pieces including the waistband and interfacing. Remember that you won’t need the waist facing pieces for this skirt since you’ve made a waistband.
Apply the interfacing to front and back pieces. Be sure to use a press cloth to avoid any iron mishaps.
The zipper is on the left side of the skirt. Sew the non-interfaced waistband pieces together along one seam as shown. This will be the waistband on the right side of the skirt. Sew the interfaced waistband pieces together along one seam as shown. This will be the waistband on the inside of the skirt.
Put waistband and interfaced waistband right sides together.
Place pins about 1 1/2″ from the top edge. This is where you’ll begin and end sewing. The unsewn portion is left open for the time being. Sew between the two pins.
Pin the waistband to the skirt, right sides together. Make sure the side seams match up.
Sew the waistband to the skirt.
Serge or pink the seam to finish it.
Iron the waistband, making sure that the seam you just sewed is pressed upwards, into the waistband.
Position the invisible zipper and install using this handy tutorial.
Once the invisible zipper has been installed, place the interfaced waistband over the zipper as shown. Sew the remainder of the seam closed. Stitch over the zipper coil all the way to the end. Do this for both sides.
Put a zipper foot into your machine. Sew 5/8″ from the edge or as close as you can get to the invisible zipper coil. Be sure not to catch the coil in your stitches. Before you reach the end, fold up the waistband about 3/8″ and backtack to finish.
Serge or pink the top of the waistband seam.
Trim and grade the corners of the waistband. Take care not to cut into the seam. Use a point turner to flip right side out. Check out this tutorial for point turner tips.
Iron the top of the waistband. Making sure that the inner waistband stays to the inside and doesn’t peep out into the right side.
Iron under 3/8″ of the interfaced waistband. There should be enough of the waistband to be caught when you stitch in the ditch.
Sewing slowly, stitch in the ditch. This will keep the inner waistband in place. And you’re through!