Here is the last sew-along post! In this post we will finish the waistband facing to the zipper completely by machine with a beautiful finish, understitch the facing, stitch in the ditch, and add a hook and eye. Then we get to have a parade of all the beautiful finished Fuchsia’s! I will plan on posting the finished garments on Monday, March 11, 2011. Please leave a comment or send us an email with your finished pictures or links to your blog post or pattern review so we can make sure and feature yours!
Finishing the Waistband Facing
Let’s first sew together one side seam of the waistband facing pieces. These are the waistband pieces that are interfaced. You want to make sure you stitch the correct side together. Try to follow the picture as below. Or if you have trouble figuring out which side, lay it right sides together on the current waistband so you can see which side to stitch. The only tricky thing is you will stitch the opposite side together than you did on the original waistband because this one will be turned the opposite side out. Press the seam open.
Measure 3/8″ in on each side and trim it off. So now each facing piece is 3/8″ smaller on the end. Now match and pin the side seam together.
Now pin the facings over the zipper.
And stitch down both sides next to the zipper using your regular zipper foot.
Now we are going to fold back the zipper and stitch all the way around the top of the waistband pieces. Watch the pictures closely to make sure you are turning the pieces the correct way and pin to hold it in place.
When you have turned the pieces correctly and pinned all the way around the top, it should look like this.
Next you will stitch all the way around the top using a 3/8″ seam.
Here is a closeup of the edge after stitching around the top.
Trim off the corners on both sides.
Turn right side out. Look how pretty it looks!
Next we want to understitch the facing to keep it from rolling out to the right side. Because of our neat waistband finishing method, we won’t be able to understitch the entire way…only most of the way. So just understitch as much as you can.
When understitching, you want to make sure you push the seam allowance to the side you want it to roll. For this, we want the facing to roll to the inside of the skirt so we will understitch the seam allowance to the facing piece–the interfaced waistband. When you understitch, you stitch as close to the seam as possible while catching the underlying seam allowance.
The picture below shows the seam allowance being pulled to the facing side of the waistband.
And stitch as close to the seam as possible while catching the seam allowance underneath.
Stitch as far along as you can. Then turn completely to the inside and press well.
Stitch in the Ditch
The last piece of major sewing is to stitch in the ditch from the right side of the waistband to take down the facing inside. Many people like to slip stitch the facing to the inside, but I prefer to do as little hand sewing as possible…..none!
When I stitch in the ditch, I like to use my blind hem foot, or edgestitching foot. It has a blade in the center that you run along the seam line and the needle stitches directly behind it. This keeps the stitching exactly in the ditch and invisible from the right side.
Pin the facing down over the inside seam allowance and stitch in the ditch from the right side.
Last thing?? Attach a hook and eye above the zipper and you are all done!!!
Here is my completed Fuchsia.
I will be featuring my completed Fuchsia and another Fuchsia that Nhi made during this week while you all finish up yours. Don’t forget to send us pics of yours and/or links to your blog post or review so we can feature them here!
Also coming up in the next few weeks we will be showing sneak previews of our next pattern, Sugar Plum. It’s so cute! The pattern, the packaging, all of it! We know you will love it!