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how to shape a skirt with an elastic waist?
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Date: 1/30/12 1:45 PM

I made a skirt with an elastic waistband,d and it turned out pretty well but I would like it to be more fitted. Is it too late, or are there any tips on how to bring it in some around the hips/rump? I read that darts won't work with an elastic waist, but I wonder if something else will...

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Date: 1/30/12 2:40 PM

Darts can work to a degree. Basically, you'll still need to get the skirt on, so the waist will still need to be big enough for you to step in to or pull down over your shoulders.

Is it a knit? If it's a knit, there's no problem at all, as the fabric can stretch, so you could shape the side seams and/or put darts in to shape it exactly to you.

If it's woven, it'll depend on how much room you need to get into it as to how much shaping you can do around the waist. You could also try slightly pegging the skirt.

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Date: 1/30/12 3:06 PM

Since there's no zipper you have to have enough room in the waist to pull it up over your hips.
I've had success with stretch wovens, making a fairly straight skirt and then using 1" elastic instead of a facing. The skirt is nice and smooth at the waist, and the stretch helps to put it on. I don't think it could work with non stretch fabric.

My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 10, and I've been sewing ever since.

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