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Interfacing waistbands
Is it absolutely necessary?
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Date: 5/10/09 8:25 PM

Is it absolutely necessary to interface the waistband of a pair of shorts made with bottomweight fabric?

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Date: 5/10/09 8:33 PM

I would say 'yes' due to past experience. Waistbands will roll over without interfacing ... and sometimes even with interfacing. You can also use a strip of elastic to stabilize the waistband.

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Date: 5/10/09 9:31 PM

I am puzzled by peoples reluctance to interface. Yes, you need to interface or the band will wrinkle and roll over. Why don't you want to interface? Is it because you wish to skip a step? I keep reading this same question from beginners and believe it or not, interfacing can make or break a project. But, the key is good interfacing that is the appropriate weight for the project.

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Date: 5/11/09 11:01 AM

I use elastic to interface. You sew on the band, sew the elastic to the seam allowance (stretching slightly as you go) and then turn over the band and topstitch while pulling the elastic and the waistband to be =-=. This gives about 1/2 to one inch of ease and doesn't look like elastic when you wear it.

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Date: 5/11/09 1:43 PM

Second the yes ... you need to interface. Also if you wish them to last well past one season, you should also stabilize the waist seam with twill tape or lining selvage. Good interfacing and stabilizing techniques are essential for a waistband that will not roll over and stretch out over time.

I just used this waistband interfacing from Fashion Sewing Group (no affiliation) and found it easy to put in and comfortable to wear.

ETA: In addition to the interfacing mentioned above, I staystitched, stay taped the upper edge and used a fusi-knit interfacing on the waistband. Probably overkill, but I've learned from experience.
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Date: 5/11/09 3:21 PM

Thank you.

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Date: 5/11/09 4:46 PM

Kisha, I love this stuff too; IMHO it's much better than the Dritz iron-on stabilizer. I bought mine from Judy Barlup and I think The Sewing Place sells it as well.

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Date: 5/11/09 4:53 PM

You need something to keep that waistband from growing while you wear it. Interfacing or waistband stabilizer, when applied properly, keeps the waistband from stretching.

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Date: 5/11/09 7:13 PM

I use interfacing in waistbands, behind button holes, facings cuffs etc. Anywhere you need a little extra umph, interfacing can come to the rescue. I keep featherweight/lightweight around here all the time. I don't like the feel of real stiff interfacing, even in my waistbands. If they roll a little that's OK, because I generally wear a belt with most of mine. Being short waisted my ribs are going to roll anything that gets near them anyway. Featherweight/lightweight, can be doubled if you need a bit more stiff in your garment.

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Date: 5/11/09 7:59 PM

I think maybe the reluctance (as I recall far, far back to my beginner days...) has to do with not having interfacing available - no big stash and/or forgetting to buy it. Or even thinking of buying it and being intimidated at the fabric store and not wanting to ask what kind to use etc. So it is always nice to know you can use elastic or a piece of fabric to interface.

I also find interfacing a bit fussy - a nice step to be able to skip, but, no.

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