I made a start on my wrap skirt yesterday, either side of watching the second episode of The Great British Sewing Bee. The challenges were all based around childrenswear which a few of the contestants had never sewn. The Elephant costume was a well deserved winner for garment of the week. It was a pity to see Alex leave – I had picked another person as being likely to go. Sewing while under pressure is no easy task !! I also thought Lorna should have come first instead of second for the waistcoat challenge!!
I love seeing sewing on Tv, it’s bringing sewing to a whole generation that was never taught. ( I was one of only 2 girls in my entire year at school, who knew how to sew). But I do feel bad for the time pressures put on contestants – It doesn’t make sewing seem like the relaxing and rewarding pastime it can be.
But back to my skirt! –
I overlocked the split, and folded back the least amount I could. Then top stitched in place:
I prefer a shaped waistband, so after cutting the strips as instructed, I marked where the waistband lined up with the skirt darts:
Folded the band at that point ( marked with yellow pin)
Then marked and stitched a small dart:
I snipped the dart at the center to balance it out before pressing:
I added belt loops to keep the waist ties in place – they are trapped between the waistband and skirt:
They are left free at the top for now:
But once the side seams have been stitched on the waistband, I will top stitch the loops across the top.