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Elastic instead of drawstring
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Date: 3/13/13 12:10 PM

Hi---I made drawstring pants from the Sew Everything Workshop (by Diana Rupp) book pattern. The pants have a casing for the drawstring, and little buttonholes for the tie part. Could I just throw some elastic in there instead, and leave off the drawstring? If so, would I anchor the elastic at the side seams, or anywhere?

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Date: 3/13/13 12:20 PM

I am not familiar with that pattern but you should be able to use elastic. You don't want to put the elastic in too tight. I measure waist and add a couple of inches to the elastic. Then I try on the garment and adjust the elastic which is easy to do if you are using a casing. Then I sew the elastic together and sew the casing shut. If you have room I would straight stitch across the top of the waistband very close to the edge. That usually helps keep the elastic from twisting. HTH

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Date: 3/13/13 1:21 PM

What width and type of elastic would you recommend? Thanks for your comments. :)

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Date: 3/13/13 5:35 PM

Here's a great tutorial. You don't absolutely need to use the elastic she recommends. I usually use 1 inch elastic and since I don't have a serger, I just zigzag it to the top edge.

Off the Cuff Elastic waistband tutorial

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Date: 3/13/13 5:38 PM

The width of the elastic is up to you. I wouldn't use than an 1" for a waistband for myself. You can go up if you want a wider band. I like those non-roll kind for a waistband. I don't like to sew a elastic onto a waistband-I would rather use a casing. It is easy to adjust that way.


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Date: 3/13/13 6:27 PM

If it's because you don't want to make buttoholes, there's another way. I leave an opening in the center front seam, in the middle in the area that folds to the inside. Then I have an inside drawstring and didn't make buttonholes.

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Date: 3/13/13 7:28 PM

That is a good idea! I did actually do the buttonholes, somewhat successfully, but I don't find it that comfy to be all tied into. Stretchiness would feel better. I'm planning another pair, so I thought I'd try to change it up
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Date: 3/14/13 0:29 AM

There's an easy way to have both the look of a drawstring and the comfort of elastic, if you don't mind making the buttonholes. Just make the casing with the buttonholes. Make the drawstring in two equal lengths, attach about 6 inches of elastic to the two pieces (0ne long piece with elastic in the middle), then insert it in the casing so the elastic section is centered in the back. I also stitch in the ditch of the center back seam to keep the elastic centered and keep the drawstring from being pulled out accidentally. Looks like a drawstring but feels like elastic.

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Date: 3/14/13 9:19 PM

I love using the drawstring elastic. I get it by the yard. It gives a mice ekastic waistband support and still allows you to have drawstrings to snug up.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001C5DZL8/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1363310417&sr=1-4&pi=SL75
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Date: 3/15/13 12:30 PM

That's what I want! Thanks. Good idea.

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