March 20, 2012A Mad Men Sewalong – Peggy’s Perfect Skirt – Part 4 – Waistband and Hem
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We’re on the home stretch for our skirts! The third and final unit covers the waistband and hemming.
Grab your skirt and your waistband and let’s get started!
I did follow the directions for the most part on this skirt, with a few adjustments. I prefer to sew the ends of the waistband before attaching it to the skirt, which is what I started with:
I’ve trimmed the corner to get a nice sharp point when I turn it inside out and press it. After that, I’ve pinned it to the skirt in prep for sewing.
Your waistband should be slightly longer than the skirt on one end – you’ll need this underlap for your hook and eye. Sew the waistband on, turn under the seam allowance on the unsewn side and press.
The instructions indicate that you should sew the inside of the waistband by hand. However, I am not a big fan of hand sewing and like to skip it when I can – I decided to “stitch in the ditch” on the seam between the waistband and the skirt:
That’s it for the waistband! Now on to the hem. You’ll want to try the skirt on at this point, so you can find the point for the hem that you like. I’ve marked mine with a pin here:
Now you’ll need to trim down your hem allowance a bit. I trimmed mine down to 4 inches. Once you’ve done that, you can either finish the edge, or attach seam binding:
I prefer the seam binding, just because I like the finish, but what you do is totally up to you. I did hem my skirt by hand, again, because I prefer the look. If you have a machine that does a good blind hem stitch, you could definitely get away with using that instead.
One last detail – Peggy’s dress had some button on tabs at the waist. I really liked the look of the buttons there, so I grabbed a couple of vintage buttons from my stash and sewed them on at the top of the pleat points on the waistband:
Et Voila! You’re done! Here’s my finished skirt:
Can’t wait to wear this skirt on Sunday while I am relaxing with a cocktail, watching the Mad Men premiere!
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