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Date: 7/5/13 2:15 PM

I want a pair of shorts that fit through the hips, does not have to be yanked up when I stand up, will grow as my waist expands with the day so that by the evening they are still comfortable.

I can get the hips to fit but that waistband part is a mystery. Drawstring type shorts create to much bulk at the waist. Elastic waistbands always need pulling up as I move about. I was thinking about wide elastic incased in the band sitting just below the waist?

Anybody have a good waistband that will meet my criteria?

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Date: 7/5/13 4:36 PM

I haven't had time to try it yet but I was thinking of having a back yoke under the waist band and using a coordinated stretchy fabric in the yoke. And I would still include some elastic in the waistband.

I will also be playing with using power mesh as a yoke underlay - not to hold anything in, but to hold the pants up! I plan to replicate a pair of light cotton summer pants that I have. They look nice in the morning when they are fresh. On a hot and humid day the fabric gets tired of springing back.

I'm really too old to be seen yanking up my pants, it's decidedly ungraceful. Reminds me of having to chase my uniform skirt around my waist and constantly retuck my blouse when I was in Catholic school. Those uniforms always got messed up when playing football.

Another thought was to replace fabric under rear pockets with power mesh insets. That would provide a substantial amount of fabric on the backside with good recovery. This might work if the pockets were cut with just a smidge extra room at the top and then either faced with a strip of power mesh or brought in that extra little bit with very thin elastic.
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Date: 7/5/13 7:57 PM

THe "drawstring" of my pants is only drawstring at the ends that show. The rest of the "drawstring" is really elastic sewn to one end of each string and a stitch in the ditch in the middle back to keep it from pulling out. That way If I lose a pound or two (ha ha I made a funny!) the elastic gives but I can pull tighter.

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Date: 7/5/13 8:52 PM

I have a pair of RTW pants with an interesting waistband. Rather than in a casing, the elastic (very wide - ~2") is more like a facing.

From the outside, it looks like the pants are just fitted very well (there is also an invisible side zip).

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Date: 7/5/13 9:48 PM

I've used 2" wide elastic that does a very nice job of keeping waistbands in place. I use a separate sewn on casing for the elastic. One thing to note, for me anyway, was that I had to use a longer length of elastic than I would if using 1". It a much firmer elastic and I cut it pretty close to my actual waist measurement.

The only downside is that I find that the wider elastic is warmer to wear. Something to consider if you're using it in a pair of shorts.

I've used 1 1/2" wide elastic in skirts and shorts where the bottom edge of the elastic is at my actual waistline and the rest is above. That stays in place fairly well also.

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Date: 7/6/13 11:27 AM

The waist treatment I use now on all of my skirts and pants is a faced waist. I allow a little extra room in the waist rather than fitting it exactly. I sew on the facing, understitch and trim. Then I fold the facing ends under and sew them (that way they are finished) and then I sew the facing down which makes a casing around the waist. I feed usually 3/4" elastic through and stitch it down on one end next to the zipper and secure the other end with a safety pin. This allows for adjustments from one wearing to another or one season to another (or one meal to another LOL!) You could also sew the other end down, too. When these pants or skirts are worn they look like a faced waist but I still have the comfort of elastic. I sometimes wear them with shirts tucked in and have put belt loops on a few, too. I should mention that I nearly always do a center back zipper because I like a flat front but with a little modification I have done this with a fly front zip as well.

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Date: 7/6/13 11:48 AM

Your waistband method appeals to me on a number of levels. The facing will eliminate the problem where the waistband flips down because of the roll of fat above my waist (I hate that). The facing is neat and lays flat so no excess fabric around the waist. The zipper is the only drawback I see as I am seam to have lost my ability to install zippers w/o them looking like a 10 year old inserted them. I suppose like all else in life practice will improve my skill. I will give it a whirl.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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Date: 7/7/13 8:39 AM

It's funny that you should mention that bit about zippers because I feel the same way. I have been sewing for 40+ years and my centered zippers look like (yeah what you said about the 10 year old!) I just checked out a book from library - Dressmaking by Alison Smith - and I specifically looked at her section on zippers. Her centered zipper looks really bad, too, especially for someone who has written a book on the subject. I just keep trying, looking for ways to improve, and remembering that most people can't sew and probably don't think I do either.

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Date: 7/7/13 12:21 PM

I have considered glue

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Date: 7/7/13 12:28 PM

Suspenders?

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