There was so much confusion during testing of Puchi Pinafore Dress & Skirt when it comes to attaching the waistband to the skirt. Fear no more because this tutorial will help a lot.
Puchi has a button closure at the back. The waistband is flat with no elastic in it. Therefore we will need to create an overlap for a button at the back.
This is how!
You will need:
Sewing The Waistband – Tutorial
Step 1: Add a fusible interfacing on the WS of the front, wearer’s right-side and left-side lining waistbands. Take the main front waistband and place it RS facing up.
Now take your main back waistband pieces and place them on top of the main front RS facing. You will want to make sure you place the wearer’s right back waistband on YOUR LEFT and vise versa. Repeat for the lining waistband. Align the short ends and sew. Don’t finish the seams.
Note: Sew only the short ends and do not close the loop.
Attaching The Waistband – Tutorial
Step 2: Pin the main waistband to the skirt RS together. Note: For pinafore version, you will pin the side that is free of the bib to avoid attaching the bib straight to the skirt. Make sure the raw edges are aligned, side seams and the wearer’s left side placket is aligned with the marking on the wearer’s left-side waistband.
Note: approximately 4 cm of the band will be hanging free on the wearer’s left side and only 1 cm on the wearer’s right side. You will be creating an overlap for a button at the back later on.
Step 3: Sew. Do not finish the seams but press them towards the main waistband. This is how to will look at the back with an overlap.
Step 4: Take your lining waistband and Press 3/8” (1 cm) of one long raw edge towards the WS .
Step 5: Place the unfolded edge of the lining on top of the main waistband (where the bib is attached in case of the pinafore version) RS together. (This will sandwich the bib between the main and lining).
Align the side seams and the short ends. Sew the top and the short ends only.
Step 5: Now fold over the lining waistband to cover the skirt raw edges. Pin.
Stitch in the ditch to close the waistband.
That’s it, you can now finish the rest of your Puchi following the pattern instructions.
We even paired our Puchi Skirt with our Nilah top! Super cute combo!
Happy Sewing xxx.