Congratulations! This is our final day of the sew along and probably one of the easiest! Today we will take our waistband piece and add it to our skirt, insert the elastic, and finish up our pretty new skirt! If you’re new here, check out my post from Day One to see how you can catch up!
On with the show! You’ll have this skirt finished and on your little cutie in no time! You should have these 3 things:
Your piece of 1 1/2″ elastic, cut to size (see Day One for those measurements!)
your skirt piece,
and your waistband piece.
Take your waistband piece and pin it to your skirt opening, right sides together, making sure that the sash pieces are facing the outside of the skirt. If you don’t, you’ll be consulting your frenemy, Mr. Seamripper. I mean, this is what people tell me, anyway. *Ahem* Be sure to tuck those sash pieces out of the way of the seam, too!
Sew up that seam, but leave a 3″ gap so you can thread your elastic through in a minute! I also recommend finishing your seam (serge, zigzag, pinking shears, etc.) for all but the 3″ at this point. It’s easier to do it now than when you have the elastic in place.
If you wish to, you can topstitch your waistband, at the very top, using an 1/8″ seam allowance. You will probably have to stop when you get to the sash, but just backstitch, cut your threads, and start again on the other side. This helps the elastic to stay in place, but it is totally optional.
Using a safety pin, feed your elastic through the casing. You can also secure the loose end of the elastic to the skirt with an additional safety pin. This will take a little working because the waistband is tight, but it’s so worth all the hard work!
Overlap the elastic by a 1/2″ or so and sew the ends together. I like to zigzag this so I can be a bazillion percent sure that it does not come undone!
Adjust your elastic so that it’s evenly distributed around the skirt. You can kind of gauge the evenness by where your sashes end up. Sew up and finish the hole where you fed your elastic through, and muster up the last of your energy because you are ALMOST finished!!!
You can now topstitch your skirt! I didn’t get a pic of this, but the easiest way to do this is to topstitch the seam towards the bottom of the seam in this instance. You will ensure that your seam is going to stay put and you’ll steer clear of the elastic. It also follows the topstitching instructions for all but one other seam in the skirt to have it done this way.
If you haven’t already rewarded yourself for your hard work, now is definitely the time to do that! Look at what a great job you did! You can now pair this with all of her favorite tops and sweaters and she’s ready for some serious fall fashion.Or in our house, she’s ready for some post-season Cardinals’ BASEBALL!!! #12 in ’14? We’re definitely hoping so!
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