Fig. E: Sew several leftover narrow tie pieces together to
form 1 long piece for the waistband. Fig. F: Start pinning
the waistband to the waistline.
Fig. G: Sew along the edge of the waistband that touches
the twill tape. Fig. H: Press the waistband up over the
4c. Starting with either end of the skirt, place the
first and second ties face to face and pin along
the sewing edge. Set the sewing machine to a very
narrow zigzag and stitch down the edge of the
ties, making sure to catch the edges of both ties
(Figure C). Press open (Figure D). Repeat this
process, adding ties in the proper order until they
are all sewn together.
4d. At the waist, stitch 1" in from the edge. Pin ¼"
twill tape over this stitching to reinforce the waist,
and stitch in place using a narrow zigzag. Trim the
waist edge, leaving a
3" seam allowance. Finish the
edge using a wide zigzag or other finishing stitch.
touching the lower side of the twill tape on the skirt’s
right front side (Figure F). Leave an 18" piece of waistband hanging free to serve as the right front skirt
sash, and pin around the waistline of the skirt. There
will be some extra waistband that extends beyond
the left side of the skirt; this will partially wrap around
the waist and serve as the left end of the sash.
Using a narrow zigzag stitch, sew along the
edge of the waistband that touches the twill tape
(Figure G). Press the waistband up over the seam
allowance (Figure H). Hand-stitch the back of the
waistband to the seam allowance.
Wrap the skirt around your waist so that the right
5. Assemble the waistband. front overlaps the left. Mark the waistband at the
Sew several leftover narrow tie pieces together to left side with a pin. Sew a 1¼" buttonhole centered
form 1 long piece that measures 2 times the waist over the pin. Cut the buttonhole open and pass the
measurement plus 1yd (Figure E). Use uncut, pointed waistband sash through the buttonhole from under
edges for both ends of the waistband. These ends will the waistband to the top of the skirt. Tie and enjoy!
form sashes at either side of the waistband.
6. Attach the waistband.
Place the waistband facedown on the front of skirt.
Start pinning the waistband to the waistline, just
Sally Converse-Doucette is an artist with a B.F.A. in fine
arts and theatre design. She owns her own graphic design
company, slixgrfx, specializing in web design.