I’m going to show you how to make a waist facing using the Pastille dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook. This is such a pretty dress with those perfect pleats. If you find you wear separates more often than dresses, this tutorial is for you!
Using just the skirt portion of the dress we’ll draft a waist facing, then sew up the skirt following directions from the book. Because the dress has a bit more ease than a skirt, you may want to make a muslin first to check the fit before creating your final look.
- Pastille dress pattern
- Scrap paper
- Pen or Pencil
- Tracing wheel
- French curve ruler
- Fabric and supplies for your skirt
Let’s get started!
1. Place scrap paper beneath the pattern. Use a tracing wheel to trace along the edge of the pattern and the dart. The facing should be a least 2″ wide. Repeat for both front and back pieces. Make sure you trace the dart.
2. Go over the tracing lines with a pen or pencil. Mark each pattern piece.
3. Cut along one dart leg.
4. Tape the pieces together along the uncut dart leg. Trim the bottom of the piece as needed to make a smooth curve.
5. Repeat the process for other facing piece. Make sure the pieces match along the side seams. Voila! You’ve got a skirt facing. To finish, cut out and sew the Pastille skirt pieces together according to the directions.
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