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Posted on: 4/1/06 11:30 PM
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Use wide (~1/2") lingerie elastic which has pretty scalloped edges and a brushed side that will be soft next to your skin.
1. Overlap ends and sew into circle 10cm < waist measurement
2. Quarter the elastic. Quarter the waistline. RS together, match quarter points and pin.
3. On elastic side, sew towards top of elastic, through all layers, stretching elastic between points.
4. Turn elastic to inside and iron into place.
5. On RS, topstitch into place with 1, 2 or 3 rows.
Wherever I can I use this finish on lightweight knit skirts.

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Helen near Sydney said... (4/7/06 6:49 AM) Reply
It depends on the fabric. I'll give you an example: the last skirt I made (Vogue 2796, reviewed in PR) was in a wool knit. The pattern had a waistband w. zip. To convert it to an elastic waist I widened the waistline front & back by 1/2" and raised it by about 1". I checked that at full stretch the fabric could get over my hips. If I had used a woven fabric things would be different. I would have to widen the waistline by several inches to get the skirt over my hips which would then all have to be taken back in, with elastic, to fit snugly at the waist. This results in a puffy bit around your middle rather than the flat panel you get with a knit fabric. As well as knits this waistline works well for fine wovens (eg. polyester) and lightweight wovens cut on the bias. The length of elastic for this waistline treatment is 10cm (4") less than your waist measurement. This gives a snug but comfortable waistline. HTH.
SewTwin said... (4/7/06 1:46 AM) Reply
Helen, I meant to inquire when I saw this review what you did to make the change from a fitted waistband to the elastic waistband.Your #1 Item says 10cm
Linda E. said... (4/5/06 9:02 AM) Reply
this is a cool way of doing elastic waist.. maybe I will try it on my next elastic waist pants of skirt.
ashleyanne said... (4/4/06 12:11 PM) Reply
what do you mean by sewing to the top of the elastic? ashley
vasallese said... (4/3/06 7:51 PM) Reply
I do not sew much other than cotton because I have neot liked how they were finished (too bulky or homemade looking). I really am getting the urge to try other fabrics because of this site. Thanks for the tip.
Sadlesor said... (4/3/06 11:09 AM) Reply
Like the idea of less bulk around the waist....thanks!
NoraNora said... (4/2/06 12:32 PM) Reply
I bought a georgette RTW skirt with this exact waist's very comfortable and attractive!
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