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March 20, 2012

A Mad Men Sewalong – Peggy’s Perfect Skirt – Part 4 – Waistband and Hem

By Andrea

Before we get to finishing the skirt, I must ask for your votes!  I entered the BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Design Challenge, and need all the votes I can get!  Please check out my entry, and click the pink vote button!  Thanks!

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!

I want to see your finished projects!  Whether you made this skirt through the sewalong, or something else Mad Men inspired, I want to see pics!  Please send them to me at sewwhatfabrics@gmail.com

As always, any questions or comments, please leave them below, and I’ll do my best to respond.  Happy Sewing!


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14 Responses to A Mad Men Sewalong – Peggy’s Perfect Skirt – Part 4 – Waistband and Hem

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  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I can’t sew a lick but you look dead-on Peggy-esque adorable in that skirt!

    • Andrea Reply

      March 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks, Eartha! 🙂

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Andrea!!! I LOVE the skirt. It is so fab, you did an outstanding job!! I will have to send you a pic of my doctored skirt. The waistband transfer actually worked, if you can believe it!

    • Anonymous Reply

      March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Awesome! I can’t wait to see pics! And thanks 🙂

  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Oh Andrea, your skirt is gorgeous and so are you! You look FAB in it – great job!!!!

    • Andrea Reply

      March 21, 2012 at 1:04 am

      You’re making me blush! Thanks, Sara!

  5. Betty Crafter Reply

    March 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I’m soooooo behind it’s embarrassing! But I WILL finish and send you pictures!

    • Andrea Reply

      March 21, 2012 at 1:04 am

      I can’t wait to see your skirt, Betty!

      • Betty Crafter Reply

        March 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        I’m pretty excited about it actually – I have some brown suiting and some amazing barkcloth for the inserts.

        • Andrea Reply

          March 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

          Oooh, that sounds like it is going to be fantastic!

  6. Kristine Reply

    March 24, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Woo-Hoo!!! fantastic!!! I wish i had done the same pattern now. Illustrations can be so deceiving..lol..but I’m nearly done with my pattern selection.. still have to set the hem..and I’ve got some picking to do..this bonehead set the sleeves inside-out! arghh!!..other than that, lookin good! 😀

    • Andrea Reply

      March 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      I can’t wait to see yours, Kristine!

  7. Kristine Reply

    March 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    OK!! I’m finished with my “Peggy” dress..would love if you all came by to take a peek. 🙂

    Kristine 😀

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