The waistband required for a wrap skirt, is one of the most basic to make of all. It is rectangular in shape (with no shaping or darts) and is secured by a waist tie.
Depending how long the ties are, you can either secure it with a bow at the front or back of the skirt.
Measure the back waistline.
Add the two measurements together to find out the total measurement of your waistline (remember, this will be significantly bigger than your actual waist measurement as the skirt pattern includes an "overlap" to create the wrap).
Take the total waist measurement and divide by two (we will be making half a pattern and marking it "Place on fold").
Decide on the width of your waistband.
This is up to you, although be careful, do not make it too small, as it needs to be wide enough to place a button hole that the waist tie can loop through.
As a guide, my waistband was 4.5cm wide.
Complete the shape of the waistband by forming a rectangle.
Mark in the grainline (straight grain) and the centre back.
Before you can complete the pattern, you need to check that the waistband fits with the skirt pattern.
To do this, line up the centre back of the waistband with the centre back of the skirt, as if you were sewing the two pieces together.
Pivot the waistband pattern along the waist of the skirt - as if you were sewing the pieces together - until you reach the side seam.
When at the side seam, transfer the seam location onto the waistband with a notch.
Remove the waistband from the back pattern piece and move it onto the front.
Line up the side seam notch on the waistband with the side seam of the skirt,
Pivot the waistband along the skirt until you reach the centre front.
Transfer the centre front point onto the waistband.
Continue pivoting until the end, to confirm that the waistband and the skirt are the same length.
Make any necessary adjustments to the waistband.
You know have the centre back, centre front and side seam marked on your pattern.
Extend both notches through the pattern.
You will need to notch both sides of the pattern as the top notches will help you join the waistband together accurately (or help you to join the waistband to the bodice of the dress, if you are making the dress version), and the lower notches will help you join the waistband to the skirt.
Add cutting instructions, mark the centre front and centre back, and mark centre back as "Place on fold."
You will also need to mark the location of the button hole. The buttonhole is how the waist tie wraps around the skirt and only needs to be marked on the left hand side of the pattern. (The other notches on this pattern coincide with the princess panels on the wrap dress version).