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Vogue 8363
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Date: 12/29/11 11:46 AM

I'm hoping someone can help me before I rip my hair out! And I'm probably missing something(s) really obvious because all of the reviews make this pattern sound so straight-forward but I've attached and removed the waistband on this skirt 3 times and the same 2 things keep happening.

Here is a picture of the last attachment:


I cut a size 12 and didn't change anything for fit. But every time I attach the waistband, there is no where near enough length in the waistband to create the intended extension. In the photo, you can see that I ended up just leaving a slit in the waistband. I actually don't mind how it looks, but I just don't understand why I'm coming up so short. I think the directions say to ease the waistband in, but when I tried that, it gave the skirt a very gathered look.

The second issue is that when I folded the waistband to the inside and attempted to sew it, it keeps twisting. I think you can see a bit of that in the top of the photo. I know the directions say to slipstitch and instead I stitched in the ditch. Is that unavoidable? Do I always have to handstitch waistbands?

I appreciate any advice!

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Date: 12/29/11 12:29 PM

Did you double check the cut of your waistband? Also, when you stitched it on, did you line up the stitching lines on the two center back ends, and the front center, before stitching? Sometimes the garment is actually eased into the waistband.

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Date: 12/29/11 1:05 PM

I wonder if the top edge of your skirt stretched a bit during construction. If you didn't stabilize it immediately after cutting you might try that next time. I use a very lightweight knit fusable strip right on the seam and into the seam allowance.

I also glue-baste the waistband in place when I fold it over to stitch-in-the-ditch. This seems to hold everything in place and keeps it from pulling or twisting.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 12/29/11 3:51 PM

Did the pattern actually show an overlap? Some patterns do not include that and expect you to use a hook an eye (or something similar at the top) to keep it closed. This looks like this was a fold-over waistband. I often have this trouble and I usually add a bit to the waistband when I cut it out as few pattern seem to add enough. I think when you sewed the band on, it slipped on you. Hand-sewing prevents this. The only way to correct this now is to rip it out.
It looks like you did a nice job on the lining and I love that color!

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Date: 12/29/11 4:19 PM

Thanks for all of the replies!

JTink Ė I did double check the cut and lined up the markings and notches. When I started to ease the skirt into the waistband (which I might have said backwards in my original post) it ended up very gathered. Iíve actually had that problem with past projects that required some easing but I had been able to skip it without too much issue.

MNBarb Ė I didnít stabilize the skirt but I will definitely try that on the next one. (I bought three different fabrics hoping to be able to fill the pencil skirt gap in my work wardrobe!) Iíve never heard of glue-basting before but Iíll definitely try that too.

Marie367 Ė The pattern does show an overlap, but now that you ask, Iím wondering if there were two (or more) waistband pieces provided for the various views and I cut out the wrong one. Hmm, Iíll have to double check that this evening.

I think Iíll rip out the stitching and hand sew it back down then try all of your tips on the next skirt. I hope I get this figured out because my next couple projects all have waistbands!

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