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sewingcanary said...
I haven't made these yet, but they were just what I planned to make a pattern for, so all I'll need to do is adjust the pattern for my fit and shape. I've never been crazy about the added elastic tube casings and haven't decided if I will add it or just add fabric to the top and do a fold over casing, trimming the tops of the pockets off before folding. It seems to make more sense to me. I also see no point in having a casing that is longer than the circumference and stretch of the waist. I've had lots of elastic waist pants but also have had a few problems with them. The worst is when the elastic twists or folds inside. Therefore, I learned a long time ago to stitch over it. However, stitching takes up some of the stretch and you need to shorten elastic according to how much the stitching uses. This amount depends on several factors: the elastic itself, the thickness thread and length of stitches. Since I'm usually the 'shirt out' type and rarely tuck in and elastic clothes are usually for around home, I am not overly fussy with the finished look. I use a couple methods depending on fabric etc. One is to put my machine on baste stitch or drop feed. If the fabric is light, a long stitch is usually adequate. Another option is to do vertical stitches at seam lines. It's usually okay to leave the front unstitched unless you have a large waist. Whichever method, It's basically a matter of practice and judgment call, but once you have twisted elastic you'll be upset. Oh! before stitching, I stretch and let loose a number of times, then I make certain the seam line-ups are equal so fabric is distributed evenly. I pin [perpendicular] at seam lines, and usually once or more in between. Be sure to remove pins before you get to them otherwise if you sew over them you make get a tuck in the fabric. Cheerio. my 2 cents worth.
8/4/13 2:42 PM
sewingcanary said...
Instead of the raw or serged seam, waist bands of tailored clothes were always finished with seam binding. The only problem with it is, if the seam allowance is too wide, it sometimes rolls up. If you finish with seam binding, I would suggest you trim seams before binding so there isn't a lot of excess seam {which depends on how wide the pattern seam allowance is}
8/4/13 2:49 PM
 
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