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How to measure for yoga waistband
upcycling knit skirts for my DD (new mom)
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Date: 4/8/13 0:39 AM

I'm converting several of my daughter's cotton knit dresses (inexpensive) to skirts. She's breastfeeding and realized the dresses don't work well for that!
She likes the yoga-type waistband, so I'm trying to figure out the optimal size to cut and sew. Optimal, as in snug enough to stay up but loose enough to be comfortable. I realize that much depends on the amount of stretch in the knit I'm adding, but I'm thinking there is a rule of thumb out there somewhere. I just finished one on which I subtracted about 4 inches from her low waist measurement. Guess I'll find out tomorrow if I over or under guessed!

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Date: 4/8/13 0:50 AM

I would fold the fabric lengthwise, forming a waistband, and then wrap it around her. Then adjust it till she is secure, but comfortable. Everyone's fit preference is so different, there is no one rule, I am afraid

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Date: 4/8/13 3:12 AM

I'd love to know what fabric you are using for the waistband. I've been tempted to try this on regular woven pants as an alternative to dreaded elastic waist. But I've wondered is there a special stretch knit that will just fold over with enough cuddle to keep the pants up.Or do you then insert some kind of elastic.I don't know anything about sewing knits.Thanks..carry

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Date: 4/8/13 8:33 AM

Good idea, Lena. That will be my next step, especially since I am using different knits.

Carry, I'm not going to a lot of trouble trying to matchy-match fabrics on these. The one I did last night was of a black poly/cotton knit from Hobby Lobby I'd picked up to use for panties. The skirt is a thin, black & white knit. There are some decent tutorials online for making knit maxi-skirts. You might try Googling to find those for ideas.

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Date: 4/8/13 10:07 AM

Do you have any yoga pants patterns? I no longer have the instructions for my yoga pant pattern, but the KS one had 1/4 or 1/2 inch elastic sewn into the waistband at the back of the fold.

It gives a bit more security, but does not give the look of an elastic waist.

Also remember it has to get over her hips.

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Date: 4/8/13 11:00 AM

I have a RTW skirt with this type of waist and the waist part is not made out of special knit; it's the same jersey as the skirt, might have a tad of lycra but might not. Not a super-stretch fabric. What they did is used a foldover tube of the fabric to create the waistline. So you stitch a rectangle on to the top of the skirt which is twice as long as the w'band height you want, which itself is twice as long as the final look you want, if you'll be folding it over. Plus seam allowances. Then what they did is they stitched a casing in the part of the w'band right above the waist, and they ran elastic through that. It feels like the clear kind. The entire top few inches of the skirt are close-fitting, with little if any ease, since the fabric stretches. It's very comfortable and it stays up--as much because the top few inches of skirt are close-fitting as b/c of the elastic. I don't even know if the elastic is needed, but it would be easy to put in and it's invisible.

She'll love her skirts!

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Date: 4/8/13 11:01 AM

I apologize for not re-reading my post. Your rectangle goes up and then back down, joined at the waist by two edges, with the fold at top. Since this creates a fabric sandwich, the casing is created simply by stitching a channel in the tube.

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Date: 4/8/13 5:12 PM

Oh thanks I'm going to give this a try-I always have to fuss with waistband height and regular elastic waists hurt my tummy.

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Date: 4/9/13 8:40 AM

Thank you for the suggestion! It sounds like this is pretty much what I did except for adding elastic. Exactly where is the casing on your skirt? Is it just stitched into the waistband fabric after it is sewn to the skirt? Does it go all the way around?

I have the second dress almost ready to work on the skirt. The first fits pretty well. She is delighted.

As a kind of bonus to all this, my daughter is getting interested in learning to sew! She is so creative, amazing at crochet. I'm excited at the thought of guiding her!

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Date: 4/9/13 10:39 AM

Have her try the Nancy dress on Fabric.com Free Patterns for the style and measurements.
You can wear it as a tube dress pulled up or folded down several times for a yoga skirt--several folds is another way to get more stay-up power for a skirt too. Then she can wear it afterwards too.
Hanes.com and others have yoga skirts, the waist is the same fabric as the skirt. You just have to buy a quality knit.

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