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Hidden elastic waist
will it work in a no-waistband skirt?
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Date: 4/25/11 4:55 PM

I've read a lot about attaching elastic to the seam allowance of a waistband. (& thanks for the tute, Debbie Cook!)

Will this technique work in either a self-faced or Petersham-grosgrain waist w/facing?

Thanks.
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Date: 4/25/11 5:37 PM

I've added elastic to a waist-band-less RTW skirt, between the skirt and facing. Worked like a dream. Super-comfortable without any tell-tale elastic bunching.
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Date: 4/25/11 10:22 PM

That's exactly what I want to do! Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Date: 4/25/11 11:12 PM

Hi,
Putting a hidden elastic waist in skirts and pants is my go to technique. Very comfy all day long and the garment stays put. I wrote this review about the technique. HTH

http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=47386

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Date: 12/3/12 2:42 AM

I am wanting to make a long kurta top into a dress and I want to make the waist elasticized but hidden - what should I do?
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Date: 12/3/12 6:50 PM

Sewand write - I have also done this on a lined skirt that was a tad too big and it works very well.

Sunnystich - the only way I can think of to do this is to make something like a belt loop and stitch it into the seams of the kurta, running the elastic through the loops. But if you only have side seams, it may not work. I'd love to see the finished product if you figure out a way to do it.

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Date: 12/3/12 7:44 PM

Here is another thread on this subject. Debbie Cook's tutorial is mentioned, but also one by Sandra Betzina. HTH
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Date: 12/4/12 0:09 AM

I was inspired by a Burda world of fashion skirt. I used elastic instead of petersham in severak stretch woven skirts. I made one pull on and another had a zipper. The pull on was a straight skirt and the fabric had alot of stretch. The other was stretch denim with a zipper and I subbed the elastic for the facing.

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In reply to Rhoda K

Date: 12/15/12 3:37 PM

I did it!!! Thanks for the list to Debbie Cook's site (Stitches and Seams.) Easiest waistband I ever sewed!

I was replacing one that hadn't worked out so the shorts are kinda screwy anyway, but I wanted to do it on something that was already poked full of holes to test it. Pretty awesome. And so long as I wear a shirt over the skort, no one will see the original waistband messiness so all is good.

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Date: 12/16/12 6:31 AM

Glad it worked for you!
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