Easy breezy skirt, day #6

We’ll finish the whole skirt except the hem today! This is important—hang your skirt overnight before hemming. Don’t finish the skirt today unless you’re really in a rush to wear it.

Today will primarily be a hand sewing day. There are two parts of the skirt you need to hand sew: you need to sew the waistband lining to the waistband/zipper, and you need to close up the gap below the zipper.

Before we start hand sewing, finish the top waistband seam above the zipper:

Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Sew all the way to the edge along the white
dotted lines in the picture. Do this on both
sides.

Next, prepare to hand sew the waistband lining in place. If you didn’t do it yesterday, press the raw edges of the waistband under 5/8″.

Optional: sew this fold in place. Depending on the type of fabric, this might give the inside of your skirt a more polished look. I chose not to do this for the skirt I’m making.

Now, pin the waistband lining to the seam allowances that you pressed open at the zipper and pressed up at the waistband will act as an anchor for the waistband lining. This allowance will also be hidden in the process.

Using a blind stitch, sew the lining down to the seam allowances. Don’t let your needle/thread come out to the visible part of the skirt. Details are below:

Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
This is what it looks like.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Pin the lining down. You’re going to pull these pins out
as you hand sew.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Pin the lining down. You’re going to pull these pins out
as you hand sew.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Lift the lining to put the needle in.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Poke out the needle as close to the top as possible.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Use a blind stitch to attach the lining.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Use a blind stitch to attach the lining.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Here’s what the inside looks like.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
This is what the outside looks like.

Next, you have to close the slot below the zipper. I’ve described this before in the coffee date dress sew along, so consult that here. I won’t go through step by step again. After you finish this hand sewing (and pressing), hang your skirt so it falls properly.

Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
This is the hole you’re going to close up, below the zipper.
Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
This is the hole you’ll be closing up.
 Easy breezy skirt sew along, day #6 | Bobbins of Basil #easybreezyskirt
Now hang your skirt overnight before
hemming.
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