Casing-Free Elastic Waist
Skip the bulk and create a clean finish.
Nearly all of us want garments that are stylish and comfortable to wear. While elastic-waist pants and skirts are usually comfortable, the casing holding the elastic can make these garments look, and sometimes feel, bulky.
Pattern guide sheets illustrate how to make a casing to pull elastic through. You know the technique: Fold the waist edge down, then sew around it to form the casing, leaving an opening to pull the elastic through, and close to finish. It can be frustrating when the safety pin or bodkin holding the elastic gets detached, and the elastic end gets lost within the casing.
The method I use is an alternative elastic waist finish that gives a clean look. Plus, it’s comfortable and chic-looking.
You will assemble your pants or skirt as usual. I installed a knit lining into the sample skirt shown.
1. Try on the garment and wrap the elastic…
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