This waistband step will be fully finished after the following post when we finish the skirt. But, getting it prepared is half the battle.
The first thing we will do in this step is to apply our fusible interfacing to two of the four midriff/waistband pieces. With right sides together, join them using the 5/8″ seam allowance and press the seam allowance open.
Just as we did for the sleeves in the previous post, we need to gather the bodice to match the length of the waistband. For this piece, I found it very helpful to first match the side seams and notches, pinning those in place to help guide my gathering.
After we’ve stitched this with our 5/8″ seam allowance, we’re going to take the other two remaining waistband pieces and join them together as we did for the interfaced pieces. We will also press under one edge 5/8″, then trim it down to 1/4″… if this is feeling familiar, it’s because we did the very same thing for the sleeve cuffs.
Now is where the pattern instructions get a little tricky, so hopefully this gives you another view of what the fabric looks like, not as a line drawing. I found it useful to keep my bodice wrong side facing me. Then, I took the interfaced midriff piece that I just attached to the bodice and I flipped it down so that the right side of the band was touching the right side of the bodice fabric. Make sense? If you hold the whole piece upside down, you will have just the seam line at the top. In this position, you want to take the un-pressed edge of the non-interfaced midriff piece and place that right side down so that the right side is touching the wrong side of the bodice. Match the notches, pin it in place, and stitch another 5/8″ seam line.
If you butterfly out the midriff pieces, they should look like the following picture. If yours looks like mine, go ahead and flip both midriff pieces down (away from the bodice) and press.
Clear as mud? Awesome! Remember, seam rippers were invented for great reason… don’t be afraid to use yours and pour yourself a Scotch while you’re at it. Sewing complicated instructions is always better during happy hour!
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