6. FINISH THE WAISTBAND
6a. Using a long stitch, baste along the waistband edge to close
the opening and keep the panels from shifting. To calculate the
length of the waistband ribbon, measure the total length of the
waistband, adding an extra 18" on each side for the ties ( 72" total
for a 30" waist). Align the center of the ribbon with the center
back of the waistband. Pin ¾" from the edge and baste in place.
TIP: To align the ribbon
correctly, first fold it in half lengthwise and gently press with an iron.
The crease will work as a guideline
when positioning the ribbon.
6b. Wrap the excess ribbon around to the opposite side of the skirt and pin
in place. Stitch along the edge of the ribbon, going through all thicknesses.
Use a straight stitch, zigzag stitch, or any other decorative stitch that you
like. Remove the basting stitch once the waistband ribbon is secure.
6c. For the side ties, cut two 18"
lengths of ribbon. With the patterned
side of the skirt facing outward, sew
1 tie to the left hip along the waistband. Repeat with the solid side.
The ties will be on the opposite hips,
as shown at far right. Finish the ends
of the ribbon with a narrow hem.
Topstitch the waistband edge for reinforcement. Now try on the skirt and mark where the buttons
should go. Sew one button on the patterned side, the other on the opposite side of the solid fabric. Or
you can add multiple buttons along the waistband for a more decorative (and more functional) look.
7. WRAP YOURSELF UP
Wrap skirts come in 2 styles — flap in the front and flap in the back. I prefer my flaps in the front — if a
gust of wind blows your skirt, it’s a lot easier to control the front flap. But the back flap allows for front
pocket details and a smoother silhouette in front. It’s your call.
Tie the left ribbon with the right inner hip ribbon. Make a secure knot that lies nicely under your skirt
panel and can easily untie when needed. Cross the right panel over the left. Tie the 2 remaining ribbons
together (knot or bow). When the skirt is reversed, you should be able to repeat the sequence exactly.
Repeat the steps above, but substitute the elastic loops and buttons for the ties.