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craftyourclothes
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Date: 3/15/07 7:42 PM

I feel like a total doofus, but I can't visualize how to attach a waistband to the top of my trouser-style skirt, and the instructions aren't clarifying matters any for me. I think there's a way to do it where you put it right side together with the skirt/pants, just sewing down one side, then flip it up, fold the other edge under, and sew that down? I'm open to any other doofus-proof approaches too. Thanks!

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Date: 3/15/07 9:37 PM

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Date: 3/15/07 10:06 PM

Waistebands are easy. As a new sewer start with this basic method:
1. right sides together of waistband and top of garment matching your marks and sew a 5/8" seam leaving the ends open
2. press the seam UP and trim to about 1/4"
3. sew the ends 5/8", trim
4. press the unsewn edge under 5/8" and fold to the back side of garment.
5. stitch by hand to finish
6. sew on a hook and eye and eye and you're done!

Once you have this down look into other ways of attaching, they are faster and more professional looking but start with the basics and build.
Good luck, we all were in your shoes at one time.
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Date: 3/16/07 11:04 AM

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I feel like a total doofus,


You shouldn't. I recently found that plain old waistband instructions are surprisingly hard to find.

I've been sewing for many years and have access to a ton of sewing books, but the other day I was looking for the same thing you are--just plain old basic instructions for constructing a regular, no-frills waistband.

I found all sorts of neat tips and tricks for special waistband treatments, but nothing for a plain simple waistband. [I finally ended up consulting instructions for shirt cuffs to get an idea.]

I think both the pattern instructions and the sewing book authors sometimes forget that beginners appreciate descriptions of the basic steps or principles that may seem so obvious after you've been sewing a while.

(I'm going to print out that Sara Veblen article too.)
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Date: 3/16/07 11:39 AM

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I think both the pattern instructions and the sewing book authors sometimes forget that beginners appreciate descriptions of the basic steps or principles that may seem so obvious after you've been sewing a while.

This is sooooo true. . . :-( I usually hate when books include cdrom discs (usually as a way to justify a more expensive price) that are useless, but sewing books *really* need them. It really wouldn't be all that hard to produce. Maestro King even puts a couple video clips on his discs when needed. And they are a huge help.
-- Edited on 3/16/07 11:39 AM --

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