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b Elastic and flat waistband combo

Deb_Koeppen | Posted in The Archives on

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>It seems to me that there was an issue of Threads that had an article about inserting elastic to the sides of a flat waistband. I am unfortunately at the age where I have hit that “middle age spread” and my waist is getting thicker as I ticker have resisted wearing all-elastic waistbands in my business suit skirts till now, because I like the smoother, flasootherand look. However, the flat waistbands are becoming uncomfortable and I would like to add some ease by having elastic only along the sides of the skirt. Does anyone know which issue this may have been in? I’ve tried the search engine at Threads, but it came up with an error message that might mean it is no longer in the memory of the browser.
I have a business trip coming up in two weeks that I would like to make a new skirt for, so any and all help would be tremendously appreciated!!!

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  1. C_Brining | | #1

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    Try http://www.freespace.net/~marpin/threads.htm Click on the W by sewing and it lists several articles on waistbands that could be what you are looking for. This is an independent site with a Threads index

    1. Stephanie_Corina_Goddard | | #2

      *Deb, another solution (and a most comfortable one!)is to make your flat waistband without interfacing, and a bit loose. Use elastic (Clotilde's catalog has the perfect web-like product for this)loose in the waistband, cut to fit your waist measurement. Looks like a "normal" waistband, but breathes. It's a little tricky to install. I secure the elastic into the waistband at the ends, then tuck the elastic inside the fold of the waistband, using stitch-in-the-ditch to close the waistband seam, enclosing the elastic. Since the elastic is slightly smaller than the waistband, you need to work it along is you stitch-in-the-ditch.

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