How to sew a waistband with zipper : 3 ways

insert a zipper on waistband

A skirt can have many types of openings. But the best one is the kind with zippers. You can attach the zippers to the skirt in many ways. Here are the ones I know. 

3 ways to  sew a waistband with zipper

Method 1 With the waistband and invisible zipper

In this method an invisible zipper is attached to the skirt from the waistband to the hip level. 

Step  1 Complete the skirt body.

Keep the 2 pieces of the skirt (back and front pattern pieces of the skirt) right sides together and stitch the side seams. The red lines in the picture is the stitching line. 7 inch is left un-stitched on the top edge of one side seam to insert invisible zipper

Turn the skirt right side out.

Step 2 Attach the waistband piece to skirt

Cut out the waistband first – you need a piece measuring the top edge of your skirt. I have taken a width of 3 3/4 inch for a waist band – the final width of the waistband will be 1 1/2 inch.

 

insert a zipper on waistband

Keep the waistband piece on top of the top of the skirt, right side down on the right side up skirt. The top edge is joined together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

insert a zipper on waistband

Step 3 Invisible zipper

You need to cut the invisible zipper to measure 11 inches long. Do not forget to close the bottom end of the zipper with stitches across the zipper teeth- or they will come open.

insert a zipper on waistband

Step 4 Attach invisible zipper

Keep the zipper open. Align the zipper face down on one open edge. The zipper should be kept 1/2 inch up from the waistband seam.As you keep the zipper remember to fold the short edge to the outside as in the picture .Baste stitch in place . 

insert a zipper on waistband

Do so for the other side as well

insert a zipper on waistband

The seam allowance inside should be turned up as you baste stitch.

insert a zipper on waistband

On the first edge, just use an invisible zipper foot to stitch the invisible zipper very close to the teeth. 

insert a zipper on waistband

Step 5 Fold the top of the waistband down. Still the skirt is face up, allright?

Stitch along the seam allowance joining the waistband

insert a zipper on waistband

Use a zipper foot for this. 

insert a zipper on waistband

Now just flip the waistband inside out and your waist band is almost ready

 

 

insert a zipper on waistband

Step 6 Top stitch the zipper edge

You have to stitch the zipper from the top along the zipper teeth so that everything is finished well. You can hand stitch as well.

insert a zipper on waistband

Step 7 Finish the waistband

Fold the back edge to the inside and pin in place. Stitch in the ditch from the front or hand sew in place from the back.

insert a zipper on waistband

You can find the full skirt made here in this post on making an Aline skirt.

sew Aline skirt

Method 2 With facing 

The other alternative is to sew the skirt with a facing in place of waistband – Here you will attach the zipper to the skirt body and then finish the top edge with a facing. 

The facing is cut in the shape of the top edge of the skirt.

mini skirt pattern

mini skirt pattern

Join the facing pieces for the front and the back.

mini skirt pattern

mini skirt pattern

Attach the facing to the top edge of the skirt.

mini skirt pattern

Flip to the back of the skirt and then stitch it here. Hand sewing is preferred for this.

mini skirt pattern

You can read more about this in this post on making a mini skirt here.

mini skirt pattern

Method 3 With waistband and buckle 

This involves a waistband with one end overlapping the other end of the waistband and then closing the opening with a buckle. The zipper is attached to the skirt and not to the waistband.

aline skirt

You will be sewing a simple zipper insertion here.

how to sew an aline skirt

The waistband is made and joined to the skirt. 

aline skirt sewing pattern

You can read more about this in this post on making a Pencil skirt

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