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Interfacing for waistband

Jackiesews | Posted in General Discussion on

I recently made a couple of pairs of pants using a contour waistband that was drafted according to my body.  I used Easy Knit as interfacing but I found that it is not strong enough and it doesn’t hold up the shape well.

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Does anyone have any suggestions?  I’d like something that will give a bit more body but not stiff at the same time.

 

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  1. mem | | #1

    It may not be the interfacing but that the fabric and the interfacing is stretching I have found that using a woven tape or a piece of selvage sewn into the seam between the facing and the pants make a HUGE difference .

  2. kjp | | #2

    I have had the same issue with contoured waist pants.  They do not lend themselves to a stiff waist interfacing.  What you used is probably good.  First question, does your fabric have stretch?  If so, I cut the waistband so that it does not stretch, usually along the lengthwise grain (if a crossgrain stretch).  If it's a 2-way stretch, I would face with a muslin or cotton - you can make it a cute contrast for fun!  Also, you definitely should stabilize the seams with a twill tape or you can use 1/4" selvedge strips.  That will solve the stretch problem caused by the contours.  good luck!  karin

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