So I’ve spent the afternoon fretting over my maxi skirt. As you know, I was unhappy with how well I did the waist band. But I could have lived with the wonky gathers and poorly top stitched edge. But what I couldn’t live with was the fact that the waist band wasn’t nearly tight enough to hold the weight of the skirt. Something I discovered when I cycled to yoga after posting the Maxi skirt – sob story. In fact I discovered at a red light, just as it turned green and I went to set off, that my skirt was no longer about my waist. It was more about my cahoney and heading south, stealthily.
By the time I got to class I was determined to come home and remake the skirt’s waistband. And I did. I cut the old waistband off and I used a jersey of very small grey and black stripes which didn’t have nearly so much stretch as the bamboo fabric for the new one. And I had enough to make a proper size – the final waist band is about 5” top to bottom. I made it smaller (ie tighter) and then I found a piece of inch wide black elastic that was the exact right size for around my middle. I fashioned this to what would become the waist band top (putting small stitched at the side seams so that it wouldn’t slip about).
Then I spent about an hour putting in the gather stitches, lining them up perfectly and double checking they were even throughout. I attached the waist band, slowly and methodically, and then topstitched oh so carefully.
And you know what? It’s not bad. I didn’t loose too much of the length and it’s much more comfortable now that it feels secure! The stripes are kinda cute too. My modesty shall prevail 😉