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Posted on: 10/31/08 9:42 PM
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I was given a beautifully constructed skirt, that unfortunately didn't fit in the waist. When I started to unpick the waisband I discovered a new way to make a perfect narrow waistband.
Step 1: cut your waistband 2.5" (6cm) wide (I interfaced with a very light weight iron-on).
Step 2: sew to the skirt front with a 5/8" (1.5) seam and then sew the other side of the band to the lining, using the same seam allowance.
Step 3: Only trim the seam on the lining side of the band, the fabric side is folded and pressed to the inside of the band to provide more support.
Step 4: Fold the band in half and sew in the ditch from the right side.
You end up with a beautiful narrow waistband with the lining attached and no hand sewing.
I have posted photo's of each step in the above link.
Happy Sewing.

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corma said... (7/11/09 11:38 PM) Reply
What an easy way to do this. Thank you Corma
nhyira said... (2/27/09 7:50 PM) Reply
Thanks alot i always struggle with waist bands, so its great to have this new way of perfecting my waist bands
TexasPat said... (12/24/08 6:46 PM) Reply
What a great tip. Once you explained it, it seems so obvious! Thank you very much.
Dinosauarwoman said... (12/13/08 6:22 PM) Reply
as a beginner sewer, this makes perfect sense to me....thanks!
almost said... (11/8/08 12:32 PM) Reply
WOW! I never thought of attaching the lining this way! Looks really easy and will help reduce the normal bulk at the waistband! Thank you very much for the picture, it made it very easy to understand.
Annette Wright said... (11/7/08 4:31 PM) Reply
lilyofthevalley said... (11/7/08 1:04 PM) Reply
Very useful suggestion and beautifully illustrated by your photos. Thanks, Lily
sew sr. said... (11/7/08 8:19 AM) Reply
What a good idea
petro said... (11/3/08 6:31 AM) Reply
great idea, especially like the fact that the lining is sewn in at the same time, avoiding the extra bulk along the first constructed waistband seam.
JenniferBee said... (11/2/08 2:37 PM) Reply
cyndyann, I'm short waisted as well. I was so excited when I discovered this tecnique that I made DH have a look! :-)
cindyann said... (11/2/08 11:25 AM) Reply
Great idea! Thanks for the fantastic tip. I love a narrow waistband because I'm so short waisted.
ryansmumAria said... (11/2/08 9:26 AM) Reply
wow! I've never seen this done before. This is fabulous!
newlywedws said... (11/1/08 7:32 PM) Reply
This is how I've always done my lined thing, it can sometimes be used to make reversible garments as well.
Fran G said... (11/1/08 7:38 AM) Reply
This is very clever! Similar to SW Mimosa pant, but your photos show how to accomplish with alined pant/skirt. Cool! And thanks for the photos!
SusanK said... (11/1/08 2:47 AM) Reply
I really like the clean look of this. Nice suggestion!
Aless said... (11/1/08 2:11 AM) Reply
Great tip,Jennifer!
motomoda said... (11/1/08 1:42 AM) Reply
Very clever! Thanks for sharing this.
annie3 said... (10/31/08 10:35 PM) Reply
wonderful, will try it.
KempCorr said... (10/31/08 10:32 PM) Reply
Thank you for sharing this.
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