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Girl's Dress Video Sew-Along Lesson 9: Piping the Waist

Piping the Waist

We are on lesson 9 and are piping the waist and then gathering it so we are all set to sew the bodice and skirt together in our next lesson! As always, you can find all the lessons at here. The video as well as a summary is below, so let's get sewing!

Apply the Piping.

To prepare your piping yardage, please review the Bonus lesson on Piping and then come back to this lesson. Pin the bodice lining up out of the way. If you did not smock the skirt pin the piping to the bodice fashion fabric with raw edges together. (See below if the skirt is smocked) Shift the piping so that the seam of the piping doesn't line up with center front. Clip the piping even with the raw edge of the bodice. Remove the piping cord from 1/2" of the piping so it isn't in the seam allowance.

Attaching the piping to the bodice

Stitch the Piping to the Bodice if Skirt is not Smocked.

Using a 1/2" seam allowance and your piping or zipper foot, stitch the piping to the bodice with right sides together from bodice back to bodice back. As you near the end at the other bodice back, put the needle down, clip the piping even with the raw edge of the side seam allowance and remove the 1/2" piping cord from the seam allowance and stitch to the end. (In the video, I instruct you to fold the piping seam allowance back on itself.

Folding the piping back upon itself.

This is necessary if you are attaching the piping to the skirt, but not if you are attaching it to the bodice - I apologize for the mix-up. The fun thing about sewing is that you learn something new everyday!) If you did fold the piping seam allowance back on itself as I did, it is perfectly fine - it won't hurt anything!

Attach the Piping to the Skirt if it is Smocked.

If you smocked the skirt, you will want to attach the piping to the skirt so the pleats stand up nicely and the piping is the correct distance from the first line of smocking.

Attaching piping to the smocked skirt

To do this, attach the piping to just the front skirt first. Make sure to leave enough piping to cover both backs, but pin the piping to the front of the skirt, matching raw edges and lining the piping right up against the first row of smocking. I use Glue Baste It for this and the method is explained in the video. Stitch just the skirt front with your piping or zipper foot. Once you are satisfied with the skirt front, gather the skirt backs to the width of the back bodices (see below) and then attach the piping to the skirt backs. Clip the piping so it extends 1/2" beyond the skirt placket. Remove 1/2" of the cording and fold the piping back upon it self so there is a finished edge that lines up with the finished edge of the placket and stitch to the end. Repeat on the other side.

Sewing the piping to the bodice.

Gather the skirts.

Set the sewing machine for a long basting stitch and stitch a line of stitching 1/4" from the top of the Skirt Front along the waist, stopping and stopping at the side seam.

gathering stitches don't cross the side seams

Stitch a second line of stitching 5/8" from the waist along the Skirt Front.

Two lines of gathering stitches

Stitch the same two lines of stitching on the Back Skirt, stitching from each side seam to the placket. That's it for Lesson 9. Happy Sewing!


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