Couture Techniques for a Better Fitting Waistband
In this excerpt from "Build a Better Waistband" in Threads #165 (February/March), Susan Khalje shares her techniques and tips on how to add hooks, eyes, snaps, and other small finishing details to achieve a better fitting waistband.
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Orient and secure secondary closures
Hooks and eyes, as well as snaps-often referred to as "findings"-are typically employed as secondary closures on a waistband to augment the primary closure (usually a zipper) and give extra security. Findings should be oriented for the wearer's ease of use and for a quality, no-show finish.
|Hooks and eyes, or threads bars, are placed at the waistband's ends. Snaps are placed on the wastband underlap.|
Your dominant hand makes the motion required to close a garment opening. So place hooks on your dominant hand's side, and place underlaps, metal eyes, or thread bars on your nondominant hand's side.
Snaps help secure a waistband's underlap, keeping it from slipping above the waistband or folding back against the wearer's body. To secure the snap, pushing the ball into the socket is easier to do with the dominant hand. So place the snap's ball section on the waistband's underside, with the socket section on the waistband underlap.
Video: Learn how to attach hooks, eyes, and snaps securely to your garments in this video tutorial from Susan Khalje.