Here is the finished waistband. I sewed the waistband to the top of the skirt, then hand stitched it in place.
I used a 100% silk twill from Thakoon. It was a small cut I found during a buying trip to NYC, so we never had it available. Sorry! I had never worked with silk twill before and quickly realized a few things.
- Silk twill frays! I tried finishing the seams with my serger, but between something being wrong with my serger and the fabric, it didn't pan out so well. I plan on going back and finishing the seams with a hong kong seam. I guess I could have lined the skirt to help with the fraying. I'll at least be wearing a slip with it.
- Silk twill snags! And when the fabric has a print you notice it even more. Make sure you have a sharp needle. I used a Microtex sharp needle 70/10. You can see what I mean below:
Other than those two things, it's easier to work with than silk chiffon or other delicate silks. Yes it's still delicate, but the weight of a silk twill makes it easier to work with. It holds a great pleat which is really good too!
You can see the pleats pretty well in these photos. I gave them a good press with the iron, on the silk setting and steam. I LOVE steam. I don't iron without it.
I don't think the skirt is too boxy. If I placed the waistband lower, like a low-rise pant, it would have looked boxy. It is pretty much at the smallest part of my waist so that the rest of the skirt glides over my hips.
A look at the back.