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Amy sewalong: finishing touches

Wrapping up

We have the solid basis of a skirt – but it just needs a little tidying up! Today we're going to finish the waistband to hide all the raw edges, and neatly take up the hem. Let's get started.

Finishing the waistband

Fold half the waistband in toward the inside of the skirt. Fold the seam allowance in along the zip edges and pinch in place. You can pin at this stage, to keep your fold stable while you work.

Pinch waistband together

Using a slip stitch, attach the waistband to the zip tapes along the inside edge. To slip stitch, catch the fabric of the waistband with a tiny, tiny stitch, then catch the zip tape repeatedly until secure. Start slip stitching 15mm from the bottom edge of the waistband, moving up toward the top of the zip.

Fold waistband to the inside
Stitch to the zip tapes

Now you have a neat and tidy zip edge, but we can still see the raw edge of the waistband all along the inside of the skirt.

Neat waistband attachment
Raw waistband on the inside

Fold the raw edge of the waistband up, so that it's hidden inside the top of the skirt. Pin in place.

Fold raw edge to the inside

Using a slip stitch once again, attach the waistband to the skirt. Be careful that your stitches don't show through on the right side of the skirt. I find it useful to stitch into the thicker, gathered areas of fabric around the seam of the waistband – it makes the hand stitching very stable and avoids visible stitches on the right side.

Slipstitch waistband closed

Now for the hem!

Fold your hem up to the desired length and pin in place. I like the mid calf length on the Amy skirt, but you can really do as you wish!

I'm a little traditional and much prefer a hand sewn hem. I think it gives a lovely, neat finish; and there's something meditative about a spot of hand sewing! Slip stitch your hem in place, alternating one stitch in the hem allowance and one (tiny! almost invisible!) stitch in the garment fabric.

Slipstitch the hem
Slipstitch the hem

Stitched hem


You made it! That wraps up this Amy skirt sewalong. I hope you had fun making your new skirt, learnt something in the process! Share your Amy skirts with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #amysewalong, #amyskirt, #sewingamy and #afternoonpatterns

Finished Amy skirt
Waistband close up
Pocket close up