How to Reconfigure the Back WaistbandFor easier fitting, add a center-back seam
You can learn the process to reconfigure the back waistband in ready-to-wear garments. Then you can apply this same technique to garments made by you, by making the adjustments to the pattern before cutting.
Many of my students have adamantly stated they love making clothes, but they are not interested in altering them. Here’s the thing, though: When you need to make adjustments in the process of making garments for a better fit, you’re altering them from the original pattern. While I agree there is a difference between that and adjusting ready-to-wear clothing, it likely involves the same techniques.
Where to alter the waistband
When altering pants or skirts with a separate waistband that zips in front or at the side, the place to start is at the center back. There are exceptions, but this is generally the case. In my experience, there are more seams available in ladies’ garments with higher price points. That translates to more adjustment opportunities. Even so, the back waistband needs to be reconfigured for easier alterations.
The back waistband of these ready-to-wear pants is in one piece, with a facing on the inside, which is also one piece. If you need to take them in, there’s no seam there.
Seams for adjustment were instead placed at the side seams. That’s great if you need to take in more than usual.
However, you will begin at the back seam. If fitting the pants on yourself or someone else, pinch the amount to be taken in and pin. Continue pinning down the back seam, tapering to nothing. Now you can reconfigure the back waistband.
Prepare the pants
1. Remove the labels from the back waistband facing so you can make the necessary adjustments.
2. Place a chalk mark at…
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