|I have uneven hips and that causes hem problems for me if I sew the skirt elastic casing first, then hem last. Not such a big deal if the fabric has no discernable pattern, but plaids? Yikes....to hang properly, the lines would be off and not a good look! I always ended up turning part of the waistband under while wearing the skirt to compensate and was never happy with it.
After searching the knowledgebase here on PR, I found the article from SewNews (How to make a skirt hang evenly) that addressed my problem. However, I made a few changes that might help somebody else with a similar problem.
The skirt I am making is a lined straight skirt with an elastic band casing, and the fabric has muted but noticeable plaid stripes. I hemmed the skirt first making sure the plaid was even. I then basted the lining and fabric together at the top. Tried it on, took 1/4" elastic and tied around the skirt at my natural, but uneven, waistline. The article said to "mark" at the bottom of the elastic but I had no chalk and the fabric was too dark to use a marking pen. So, I pinned the elastic to the skirt as best I could, making sure the hemline was hanging evenly all around.
I then took off the skirt, moved it to the ironing board, pulling up the waistline of the skirt to the widest part of the board as best I could to spread it out a bit. At the bottom of the pinned elastic, I placed the bottom edge of 1" painter's blue tape, removing the elastic as I went along and pinning the extra fabric above the painters tape to the inside of the skirt. Once pinned, I was able to turn to the inside and finish pinning the hem for the casing. Took the tape off and then sewed very close to the top and bottom of the new casing and inserted 3/4" waistband elastic. Voila! I now have a perfect hem and a perfect fitting waistband that comfortably goes where it's supposed to go. It fits ME instead of ME trying to fit IT!!!