Remember this version of Meringue Sarai made for the Fall Palette Challenge? Some of you noticed that this version had a waistband, while the original pattern from the book is simply faced at the waist.
Today, we’ve got a tutorial for you on adding a waistband to a skirt like the Meringue.
Start with the Meringue skirt pattern. Since you will be making a waistband, you can set aside the waist facing pieces as they won’t be needed. Both front and back pieces will be changed in the same way. For this example we’ll be focusing on the back piece since it will have more of a curve at the waistline.
With a highlighter or marker, draw along the dart.
Use a clear ruler to add a seam line to the pattern along the waistline. It will be 5/8″ from the edge of the pattern.
Now draw a line 1″ below the line you just drew. This will be the width of the waistband.
Cut the pattern along the line, separating the piece into two.
Tape a piece of paper along the top of the skirt pattern. Use a ruler to add a 5/8″ seam allowance to the top of the skirt.
With a ruler, draw dart legs up to the edge of the paper. Set the pattern piece aside.
Cut the waistband piece along one dart leg.
Close the dart by taping the two pieces together along the dart legs.
Tape the piece to some paper and add a 5/8″ seam allowance along the bottom line.
Draw a gentle curve to smooth out any pointy areas. The back skirt pattern will have more of a curve than the front. This is because the back darts are wider than the front darts.
Mark the pattern piece as shown above. Repeat all steps for the second skirt pattern piece.
Finished pattern pieces. Now you’re ready to make a new waistband for your Meringue skirt! Tomorrow, we’ll show how to sew on the waistband.