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Elastic waist for lightweight skirt (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Jennie Pakula
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Posted on: 2/19/04 2:00 AM
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I copied this from a light weight skirt I saw in a shop & think it's a great finish for a light floaty skirt.

I love the comfort of an elastic waist but hate the bunchiness at the high hip. With this technique, you cut out the skirt as usual, insert the zip and sew up the side seams. Don't bother about the darts. Mark the seam allowance at the waist. Cut a bit of 1/2" (12mm) elastic about 10cm (4") longer than your waist, and pin it around your waist. Try the skirt on and adjust it under the elastic so you have the gathering over the lumps & bumps. Then mark the elastic and the skirt with chalk every few inches so you can match up the notches. Also, mark the exact length of elastic you need for your waist. Take the skirt and the elastic off and cut off the excess elastic. The elastic should start and finish about 1/2" short of each side of the zipper. Pin the elastic to the seam allowance so the edge abuts the seamline. Stitch it on, close to the seamline, with a loose, wide zig zag. Trim the excess under the elastic, then turn it over and triple zigzag from the front, making sure that the edges of the zipper are turned in and finished. Finish with a hook & eye.

I think this is a really nice, light lingerie style finish perfect for a summer skirt.
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alyssa said...
Tried that or similar approach. In my experience, only knit or bias lightweight skirts look good with elastic waist.Besides, make sure to keep the darts. Only ease what you would usually ease into waistband. One more thing: you would need some extra length on the top of the skirt; when you turn down the elastic, the skirt will come up some. I use this method once in a while , because elastic waist is so comfortable!
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