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Date: 2/1/13 5:07 PM

I have a couple of store bought (not very expensive) skirts that have an elastic waistband that don't look gathered at all when I wear it. I can't find these types of skirts anymore so I need to make them myself.

How is this done?

I like the look of a flat- nearly flat- waistband on my skirts.
I wear and own more skirts than most people it seems. I have 2 pair of jeans (which I rarely if ever wear) and the rest of the time I'm in sweatpants or skirts- sometimes skirts with leggings.

I don't "do well" with sewing zippers so I'm always deleting that step and just make an elastic waist.

I've looked online and can't find anything.
I've looked through every pattern book at skirts and still no luck.

Any help with this?
-- Edited on 2/1/13 5:40 PM --

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Date: 2/1/13 5:49 PM

Which type of flat elastic waist do you mean? Do you want this type with a wide waistband and wide 2" elastic inside the band, or this type which has 1" elastic sitting freely inside the waist?

Also what type of skirt do you want? Straight, pegged, A-line, gored? Knit or stretch woven? There are patterns for these flat style waist skirts but I need more details to help narrow the search.

Edited: by the way, the best companies to look at for this type of waist skirt are Kwik Sew, New Look and independents like Style Arc, Pamela's (magic pencil skirt), Jalie (gored skirts), Silhouette, etc.

-- Edited on 2/1/13 7:15 PM --

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Date: 2/1/13 8:13 PM

Thank you for your reply.

I like the type of skirt in the second example- the Fay skirt- 1 inch.

Also this is the pattern skirt that I like to wear.
I have made this skirt a couple times already.
It calls for 2 darts and a zipper. I've made it with an elastic band.

One skirt is with 1/4 inch elastic the other with 1/8 inch
Simplicity 4236 view D & E...

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2133-misses-skirts.aspx

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Date: 2/1/13 8:41 PM

Ok this makes it's easier as it narrows the choices considerably. You want an A-line skirt.

The closest pattern I can think of is Kwik Sew #2619. After overlocking the elastic to the top of the skirt and folding under, the instructions have you zig-zag the elastic in place. All you do is skip this step and instead sew the elastic down invisibly at the side seams.

This skirt is designed for knit fabrics with 35% stretch, not wovens, but the thing is for a skirt to have this type of flat elastic waist you need to use a fabric with at least 5% lycra (30%+ stretch). It's the only way to get the flat waist and for the skirt to still pull over your hips.

Also be aware that the flat waist style is usually worn an inch or more below the waist. Again this is to reduce the difference between the waist and hip so the skirt can pull over the hips. Of course if you have a thicker waist then you can wear the skirt higher. The key point is you want no more than a 5-6" difference between the waist of the skirt and your hips. Anymore and the waist will have that gathered look. It's the combination of stretch fabric and wearing the skirt lower which allows the waist to be flat when worn but still pull over the hips.

If this Kwik Sew skirt isn't to your liking then I'd suggest checking out the other patterns by Kwik Sew and Style Arc. Style Arc particularly. With the exception of the Lynne Skirt, all their elastic waist skirts have a flat waist. HTH

-- Edited on 2/1/13 9:03 PM --

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Date: 2/1/13 8:45 PM

Oh gosh- thank you so much for all your help :)

I'll let you know how it goesright now it's happy hour time at our home :)
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Date: 2/2/13 11:58 AM

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