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Posted on: 10/31/08 9:42 PM
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I was given a beautifully constructed skirt, that unfortunately didn't fit in the waist. When I started to unpick the waisband I discovered a new way to make a perfect narrow waistband.
Step 1: cut your waistband 2.5" (6cm) wide (I interfaced with a very light weight iron-on).
Step 2: sew to the skirt front with a 5/8" (1.5) seam and then sew the other side of the band to the lining, using the same seam allowance.
Step 3: Only trim the seam on the lining side of the band, the fabric side is folded and pressed to the inside of the band to provide more support.
Step 4: Fold the band in half and sew in the ditch from the right side.
You end up with a beautiful narrow waistband with the lining attached and no hand sewing.
I have posted photo's of each step in the above link.
Happy Sewing.

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KempCorr said...
Thank you for sharing this.
10/31/08 10:32 PM
annie3 said...
wonderful, will try it.
10/31/08 10:35 PM
motomoda said...
Very clever! Thanks for sharing this.
11/1/08 1:42 AM
Aless said...
Great tip,Jennifer!
11/1/08 2:11 AM
SusanK said...
I really like the clean look of this. Nice suggestion!
11/1/08 2:47 AM
Fran G said...
This is very clever! Similar to SW Mimosa pant, but your photos show how to accomplish with alined pant/skirt. Cool! And thanks for the photos!
11/1/08 7:38 AM
newlywedws said...
This is how I've always done my lined thing, it can sometimes be used to make reversible garments as well.
11/1/08 7:32 PM
ryansmumAria said...
wow! I've never seen this done before. This is fabulous!
11/2/08 9:26 AM
cindyann said...
Great idea! Thanks for the fantastic tip. I love a narrow waistband because I'm so short waisted.
11/2/08 11:25 AM
JenniferBee said...
cyndyann, I'm short waisted as well. I was so excited when I discovered this tecnique that I made DH have a look! :-)
11/2/08 2:37 PM
petro said...
great idea, especially like the fact that the lining is sewn in at the same time, avoiding the extra bulk along the first constructed waistband seam.
11/3/08 6:31 AM
sew sr. said...
What a good idea
11/7/08 8:19 AM
lilyofthevalley said...
Very useful suggestion and beautifully illustrated by your photos. Thanks, Lily
11/7/08 1:04 PM
Annette Wright said...
11/7/08 4:31 PM
almost said...
WOW! I never thought of attaching the lining this way! Looks really easy and will help reduce the normal bulk at the waistband! Thank you very much for the picture, it made it very easy to understand.
11/8/08 12:32 PM
Dinosauarwoman said...
as a beginner sewer, this makes perfect sense to me....thanks!
12/13/08 6:22 PM
TexasPat said...
What a great tip. Once you explained it, it seems so obvious! Thank you very much.
12/24/08 6:46 PM
nhyira said...
Thanks alot i always struggle with waist bands, so its great to have this new way of perfecting my waist bands
2/27/09 7:50 PM
corma said...
What an easy way to do this. Thank you Corma
7/11/09 11:38 PM
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