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Reversible Waistband Technique

Learn two methods for creating a two-sided waistband on a reversible knit garment.

Aug 16, 2019
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Learn how to create a reversible waistband on a garment made of double-faced fabric.

I love the engineering challenges that are posed by reversible garments made with double-faced fabric. Since there are no linings, it is not always easy to make a garment that does not have at least a hint of its reverse side showing, particularly at edges and hems. Waistbands have their own problems, as you don’t want to have excess bulk, either.

I find that stable knit fabrics are a good option when you want a completely reversible garment because they allow for raw edge construction techniques. Selecting one side of the fabric for the raw edges and the other for finished edges makes each side feel intentional. Depending on the weight of the fabric, using flat-fell seams and facings for edges and hems eliminates the raw edges, but does add bulk. I happen to like raw edges, so I usually plan them into the project.

For a recent project,…

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