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Date: 1/10/11 8:02 PM

I made a cute skirt from a McCall's pattern. 5524
The fit is real good. The problem that I have is the waist facing. It "folds" a little bit. I don't know if I needed to put some kind of stiffer interfacing or what? I am by no means an expert on waistbands and facings. My goal this year is to get good at them.
I plan on making thi skirt again and want to improve it.
Also, do you think using petersham instead of a facings would work?
I think that this will be my 2nd TNT skirt pattern. Yay!
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Date: 1/11/11 6:34 AM

McCall's 5524 Your link wasn't working

A heavier interfacing might help. No expert here, but I'm sure that someone will chime in with the proper type to use. Good luck - cute skirt.
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Date: 1/11/11 9:09 PM

I think for that pattern, you might want to be careful about using a heavy interfacing. I say that because I'd say it has a yoke as opposed to a regular waistband. It's wider and a good part of it falls below the waistline.

As a general rule, I like to use as stiff an interfacing as the fabric will take for waistbands, collars, front facings, etc. Especially if you're going to wash the garment, as the interfacing will likely soften with washing.

Having said that, you may not want to make a skirt yoke too stiff. Of course, a lot depends on the fabric, too. You could try stay or twill tape around the top to stabilize it.

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Date: 1/12/11 11:54 PM

Ah, so it's a yoke! Now I get it. How would I use stay or twill tape?

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Date: 1/13/11 11:50 AM

Attach it to the top of the yoke pieces before you sew them to the skirt or the facing. A strip or two might help with it rolling over and down, if that's what happening.

That's not a very wide yoke, so depending on your fabric, you may be able to use a fairly stiff interfacing for future projects. But making it too heavy or stiff could interfere with the fall of the fabric and the skirt.

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Date: 1/13/11 3:28 PM

Thank you!

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Date: 1/13/11 4:08 PM

Where exactly is it 'folding" ? If it isn't shaped like your hip and waist it will not fit correctly, obviously. Sometimes your front waist is low, and this will create a problem. Or there isn't enough room at the upper hip. So, as you can see your description is insufficient to get an answer. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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