|Wee Waistband - 5/8" finished, therefore wee or smaller than normal.
This waistband does NOT have interfacing, instead it uses the encased seam allowance as a center filling for support.
Basically this band becomes one giant hong-kong finished seam allowance! Is that a good visual?
I find it softer, and enjoy the minimal 5/8" width, rather than the common 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" width interfaced ones found in most patterns. You will end up with 4 thicknesses of fabric as a waistband.
Cut a 2 1/4" wide band along the selvedge of your fabric. (Only if your selvedge is decent looking and supportive - because it will show on inside of your garment. And there are some bad looking selvedges out there! )
Make the length, your current waist measurement, plus 1" ease, plus 3" (for 2 end seam allowances and a 1 3/4" underlap for closures)
Fit pants properly, trim waistline top edge to 5/8". Stitch new band to right side of garment, allowing 5/8" extension seam for short center front edge, and 2 3/8" for underlap and seam at other edge. (these two extensions equal the previously mentioned 3" excess in band length)
Stitch short ends (center front, and underlap)
Wrap band around to the inside, encasing all seam allowances, Selvedge will wrap and extend 1/4" below seamline. Now you can catch the selvedge in when topstitching in the ditch, on the front of your garment.