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Tips & Techniques > Converting an elastic waistband to a Hollywood waist.

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Posted on: 5/27/09 7:52 PM
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I have very large hips and find that elastic waists have too much ease in them. I pinched out two darts on each side of the back and one on the fronts, marked them and sewed them, keeping the last two inches straight up rather than at an angle. I added the zip and sewed the side seams. To do the waist I stitched 1" elastic to the serged top edge , stretching as I went. The elastic was cut 1" smaller than my waist. Once sewn on, I folded the waist over and stitched vertically at the sipper, darts, CB and side seams. They don't look as "elastic-y" this way.

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carolrv said...
Thank you for the great tip. I think it will work for me too, since I dislike the "dirndl effect" with elastic waists.
6/22/10 3:52 PM
MJADAA said...
i'll have to try this ,i like the comfort and flexability of an elastic waist but its not very flattering.thanks for the ideas.
5/28/09 1:12 PM
Elemar said...
Thanks for this tip. I have a smaller waist but then my hips are like a small shelf, they don't angle down like "normal" hips. Elastic waists get all bunchy on my. This is very helpful!
5/28/09 8:57 AM
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