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Add a Quick and Easy Elastic Waist to a Skirt

Add a simple elastic waistband to a skirt to make it a pull-on version.
Measure the waist seamline, not the pattern edge, to determine the length of the elastic waistband casing pattern.
To calculate the elastic waistband casings width, it is double the elastic width, double the seam allowance, plus about 1/2-inch for ease and turn of cloth. 
Add a simple elastic waistband to a skirt to make it a pull-on version.

Add a simple elastic waistband to a skirt to make it a pull-on version.

Photo: Sloan Howard

In the Fall 2013 edition of SewStylish, the new Simplicity SewStylish pattern, no. 1542, featured a skirt with a narrow waistband and a side-zip closure. Sewing instructor and blogger Sunni Standing sewed a version of the skirt with a simple elastic waistband. Here's how Sunni converted the pattern and finished the elastic waistband.

This modification works with this skirt style because the waist seam is designed to sit below the waist and the pattern piece is slightly gathered to fit the waistband. If you try this with a different pattern, check that the casing piece you plan will fit over your hips.

1. Design a casing. Don't cut the yoke pieces for Simplicity SewStylish 1542. To create a casing pattern, first measure along the waist seamline on the skirt front and back. 

 

2. The sample shown here is based on 2-inch-wide elastic. The fabric casing is as long as the waist seamline and 5-3⁄4 inches wide. How did we figure out the width? It must be twice the elastic width (4-inches) plus two seam allowances (1-1/4-inches) plus a little ease (1/2-inch). Cut out the casing piece.

 

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