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Posted on: 3/6/12 6:32 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 7 people   
To stop/conceal muffin top inside of low rise jeans or swim suits you can create a casing on the inside. You can stitch in the ditch or hand sew using a pick stitch. In jeans the top of the casing would go right under the waist band, which should be slightly widened.
The casing carries a flat thin belt,it can be made from twill tape with a flat metal pant hook set for the closure sewn on, or button elastic with a button on one end, or just tie ends which are left longer. This will act as your real closure, on jeans you would still sew a zip, and use a button outside for looks.
What is important about the casing is that it goes a few inches below the top edge of the garment. You will cut whatever is above the casing with zero ease accounting for outside closures fastened (but no sucking in).
This lets the cased inside closing come in tight enough to hold up the garment, then the fabric above the casing rides smoothly up the sides of your muffin top. The eye will go to the top edge of a skirt, pant, or swim bottom.
From the bottom of the casing down your garment can still be as tight as you like. It is only above the casing that pattern changes may be needed to widen to zero ease for smooth fit and comfort. If any of this is unclear let me know as I will check back to edit if needed. I hope this helps esp. for the swimsuit contest, have fun.

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ggexpansive said... (3/31/12 11:55 PM) Reply
Hi Annie P, the casing goes inside right under the waist band. It is tight so it holds up your pants, the waist band can now be relaxed enough so that it does not cut in and make the muffin top.
Annie P said... (3/26/12 7:44 PM) Reply
Sorry, I'm confused by this. Where does the casing go and what do it actually do? How does it work to stop the muffin top?
Beryl Koster said... (3/17/12 1:22 AM) Reply
Excelent! but a bit too ambitious for me, for my age and figure it is easier to make a 2 piece with a longer tankini ( to cover it all up)
DonnaW said... (3/16/12 7:33 AM) Reply
Thanks I will try it
ggexpansive said... (3/7/12 4:17 PM) Reply
Hi Merry G, I dont have a pic but here is a page to simp 2424. The pic with the belt is what would go on inside, just much smaller of course and the part hiding the belt is closer together.
RLL said... (3/7/12 10:52 AM) Reply
Well that is just downright brilliant!
LynnG said... (3/7/12 9:33 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip. It makes sense and I'll have to give it a try.
Merry G said... (3/7/12 6:01 AM) Reply
any pics? I don't follow what u r saying
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