The Astrid Skirt Sewalong! Part 3 - Waistband, buttons, button holes and finishing touches

Follow along step by step as I'm sewing the Astrid skirt! 

Part 3 - Waistband, buttons, button holes and finishing touches

Pattern: The Astrid skirt, PDF pattern

My fabric: I'm using this fabric from Storrs London called Shrimpton blue for my Astrid skirt. In collaboration with them I am offering you a discount code for 20% off your purchase! How great is that? Use code PLOEN1 at checkout when buying any of their gorgeous cotton lawn fabrics! 

This is Part 3 of the sewalong. Read part 2 here

In part 2 we put the skirt together and sewed the pockets and hem. Now let's continue and soon the skirt will be finished!

Step 8 - Waistband

Press 1 cm seam allowance on one side of the waist band all along. Lengthwise.

Fold waistband and sew sides right sides together. One side is folded and pressed up since it’s already been pressed in the previous step. 

Press first:

And the sew like this:

Trim seam allowances like this, it makes the waistband easier to turn:

Turn to the right side. Press and make sure corners are sharp and beautiful :)

Pin waistband right side to the wrong side of the skirt. As pictured below:

Sew with 1 cm seam allowance.

Press seam allowances upwards. The seam allowances will be covered by the waistband.

Topstitch waistband in place on the sewing machine or make it invisible by sewing it in place by hand. I chose machine topstitching for my skirt. 

Step 9 - Buttons

Measure your  buttons. This pattern is made for a 1.5 cm button. A slight difference can still work, but keep that in mind. The button holes has to match the buttons. 

This is how you measure buttons:

One width and one height. This is the measurement you should use to determine the length of your button holes.

My button measured 15 mm. Then I know I can follow the button hole size of the pattern. If your don't please adjust the length of the button holes accordingly to match your buttons!

Step 11 -  Button holes

I mark my button hole placements with some contrasting thread. This is a tailoring technique used to mark things on a suit for example. Leaves no marks and easy to see and remove. You can also use some chalk or pins. 

I used orange thread since it's a great contrasting color to the blue/turquoise fabric. 

I then sewed the button holes. I don't have a button hole setting on my machine so I just used a narrow and short zigzag and then a wider zigzag to create the button holes. It works but it's not as pretty as the high tech button hole functions some have on their machines ;)

I used a seam ripper (very carefully) to open up the button holes. 

And I removed all the orange threads as they were not needed anymore. 

Place button hole placket on top of button placket. Mark button placements.
On vertical: mark in the middle. On horizontal (on waistband) mark at the end
closest to the edge of the waistband. Ensure that edges meet up and that no
bulging between buttons appear. This is to check that buttons are placed in the
correct spot. I marked the button placements with pins. This is what the waistband button placement should look like:

And all the rest of the buttons should be placed in the middle of the button holes. 

Step 11 - Sew on the buttons

Anchor the thread with a knot on the marking spot. Then sew through the holes (or the loop) of your button a few times. Finally wrap the thread around the “stem” a few times and secure thread in place.

Start with a knot at the end of the thread. I use double thread to sew on the buttons.

Secure the thread at your marking. This is where the middle of the button should be placed.

 

Make sure the button doesn't shift its position while sewing. 

Wrap the thread around the stem a few times.

Secure on the back of the fabric and cut off the remaining thread. 

Repeat for the rest of the buttons.

And the skirt is done! Now wear your Astrid skirt with pride! :)
Don’t forget to share your make, and when you do so - don’t forget to use the
hashtag #PPAstrid so others can find it on social media.

These photos are from my holiday in Bali. Of course I packed this gorgeous Astrid skirt and it was perfect to throw on in the hot weather. The cotton lawn felt breezy to wear and I love the pockets on this skirt :) 

My fabric: I'm using this fabric from Storrs London called Shrimpton blue for my Astrid skirt. In collaboration with them I am offering you a discount code for 20% off your purchase! How great is that? Use code PLOEN1 at checkout when buying any of their gorgeous cotton lawn fabrics! 

Leave a comment below or send me an email (josefine@ploenpatterns.com) if you need help with anything or have any questions at all :) 

♥   ♥   ♥

Josefine

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