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wide elastic used as waistband, not in casing, for a skirt
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ElizabethDee
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Date: 2/23/10 11:19 AM

My daughter has asked for a party skirt that sounds very simple to make -- gathered skirt with a wide (one- or two-inch) waistband of meant-to-be-seen sew-in elastic.

It would be simple, that is, if I had more experience with elastic! I've only sewn it into patterns like the KwikSew 3115 yoga pants, and am not sure how to sew it.

Treat it like fabric, and attach it wrong side of elastic, right side of skirt fabric, pull elastic, sew along stitching line of skirt with narrow, long zigzag stitch? (I don't have a serger.)

thanks for any help.

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Date: 2/23/10 6:07 PM

Is the elastic going to be black to go with black fabric? I can't picture why "bare" elastic would make a desired look. Is there a pattern that calls for this? I would like to see what they have in mind. I am baffled, just like you!

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Date: 2/23/10 6:08 PM

Or did you mean that the elastic will be seen on the inside of the garment when it is finished?

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Date: 2/23/10 6:44 PM

Thank you so much for replying, Long Arm!

In this case the elastic has a quasi-metallic look on one side, so it is decorative. I am seeing a lot of skirts for girls/young women with wide elastic waists, like this one:

skirt with wide elastic waist

I'm not using a pattern, but I hope the picture gives you enough of an idea. The elastic I found comes in one- and two-inch widths.

Thanks for any advice.

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Date: 2/23/10 8:58 PM

Here's what I'd do....I'd sew the elastic into a circle and serge the seam or zig zag it a couple of times close together and then cut off the excess. Then...I'd attach the top RIGHT SIDE of the skirt material to the bottom of the RIGHT SIDE of the elastic. I think that would work. Then I'd probably zig zag it on there by marking in quarters.

To visualize what goes where, picture holding the skirt upside down inside out over top of a table, and then dropping the elastic down inside the skirt with the elastic right side out. You'd then zig zag the skirt and elastic edges close to the table together.

Hope that helps...and hope I said it right!

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Date: 2/23/10 9:18 PM

I bought a swirl skirt a few years ago. It had a knit waistband with drawstring, but I didn't like it that way. I cut off the waistband and sewed some elastic into a circle (loop) to fit me firmly (tight enough to hold up the skirt without "strangling" my waist). I serged one edge onto the outside of my skirt. I wear it with the elastic straight up. Nobody ever sees the elastic because I wear my tops over my skirt. This could have been done with a medium zigzag stitch. Click on the pictures to enlarge...

Here's a view of the skirt shown inside-out:
From Sewing Misc

Here's a view of the skirt as I wear it:
From Sewing Misc

-- Edited on 2/23/10 9:23 PM --

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Date: 2/24/10 12:32 PM

Immelu and Mary,

Thank you both so much! I feel on much firmer ground now. Of course there are many other types of mistakes I can still make....

Mary, I cannot believe you took pictures just to illustrate this process. That is incredibly nice and I wish I could tell you how grateful I am.

many, many, many thanks!

Elizabeth

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Date: 2/24/10 1:14 PM

Elizabeth...I had made a dress with the exposed elastic with my student. I think that we pre-gathered the skirt fabric some. The point of this look is to have all of the elastic showing, you attach the elastic to the skirt fabric ,with the elastic to the outside.

Elizabeth, go into a cheap clothing store and see how they do the attaching.

This is a hot look for teen dresses at the moment. i remember owning such skirts in the earlt 1970's made with striped elastic attached to a bias plaid skirt.

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Date: 2/24/10 2:48 PM

I think it is probably a different elastic from what you use in waistbands. I had some at one time. Several years ago it was popular. I'm not sure where you could get it now. It would hold its shape better. I'm sure you could probably find some.

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Date: 2/24/10 6:02 PM

What a coincidence that I saw this topic! My daughter bought several ruffly skirts to wear over leggings and she asked me to add wide elastic to the top of the two skirts that don't have it. They have a wide (8" or so) stretch knit section. I picked up some 2" wide black elastic at Joann last night.

I just looked at the skirt that has the elastic like she wants. The fabric is gathered, and the elastic is stitched on top so the entire width of the elastic is all showing like Sarah mentioned. It's either twin needle stitched or coverstitched (black on black, so I couldn't tell while it was still on her).

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