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Lining an elastic-waistbanded skirt

organdy | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello All,
I’m looking for advice re: how to sew a lining into a medium-weight linen skirt that has a gathered waistband. The lining is my addition to the pattern, but I’m worried about ‘bunchiness’ at the waist. Thanks for any help!


  1. carolynfla | | #1

    I can't think of any way to avoid bulk at the waist because you need the lining fabric to expand as the elastic stretches over your hips.

    To fit the hips, the skirt must have either darts and zipper, or elastic stretch. A dart eliminates the gathering (bunch of fabric) but requires the zipper, buttons, etc.

    The skirt you are choosing to line must match the skirt's design.

    The only way to avoid bunching is to select a very lightweight lining fabric, and hope for the best.

    So sorry, but you could wear a full slip that isn't bunched at the waist and forgo your lining project altogether.


    1. mem | | #7

      why dont you add a zip in the side or back seam so you can get it over your hips and the benifit from the snug fit of the elastic waist band??

      1. carolynfla | | #8

        Sounds reasonable.

  2. mimi | | #2

    Organdy:  have you considered attaching the lining to the skirt just below the casing line for the waistband/elastic?  In other words, mark the casing line on the linen, attach the lining to the skirt at that point, make your casing and insert the elastic.  The gathering that results would hide the stiches you used to attache the lining, and the lining would still hang free of the skirt.  I did this with a pair of trousers last winter and it worked well.


  3. mygaley | | #3

    I don't recall all the garment specs, but Mother (whose first love was fashion design) used to put A-line shaped linings in skirts and left open (but finished) the side seam or seams where a zipper would go so that you could put the skirt on.  There was an addition to the seam allowance that made sort of a flap that overlapped and fastened with a hook and eye.  If you attached this lining or included it in the waistband and used a stretch stitch of some type, I believe you would be satisfied.  About Mother:  in 1953 you didn't see many little  8 yo girls who wore blouses with black rhinestones, but I had one, and more.  Galey

    1. Josefly | | #4

      Galey, your reminiscences of your mother make me smile. My mother, too, made me some fantastic clothes as I was growing up. I don't think I could possibly have appreciated what she did, or the time she spent, at the time. But I now enjoy remembering the details of Easter dresses when I was young, and great, creative uses of fabric remnants in dresses when I was a teen-ager! I was the best-dressed girl in school, and probably the one with least means. I tried to do that kind of sewing as my daughter grew up, but my mom was the best! Just curious...do you have any of the patterns your mother used for you? I still have a few.Joan

      1. mygaley | | #5

        Dear Joan, Thank you for sharing your memories.  Yes, I do still have some of the patterns that Mom used, all years and sizes.  Two of my favorite ones are a dress with a Madeira-type hem, pink cotton organdy, hand embroidered with butterflies--even the tails of the sash have butterflies on them.  I not only have the pattern, I have the dress! It's probably a size 2-3; the kids in our family are skinny, and don't get bigger around, just taller.  Another treasured pattern is the newspaper pattern my Grandmother cut to use to make my baby gowns, dresses and kimonos, and yes, I still have one of the dresses and my DD and DGD have had their picture made in it.  Also I have two uncut patterns that she bought to combine for my wedding gown.  Uncle Sam had other ideas and that dress didn't happen, but I can look at the patterns and dream today just as I did then.

        When I began to look online at vintage (alas) patterns, I would say, Mom made one of those and it had my initials on it, etc., etc.  So I am compiling a sketchbook with Pattern copies if I can get them and sketches if I can't and writing everything I can remember about colors, fabrics, accessories (we wore hats!), and occasions.  Man, I didn't know I loved talking about this subject--If we continue, maybe we should use the email option so everyone won't be bored to death. LOL Galey


        1. Josefly | | #6

          Great idea, the sketchbook. The clothes your mother and grandmother made for you do sound lovely and lovingly done.

        2. lbbray | | #9

          Oh I love your re-memories.  When my daughter and I cleaned out my mother's attic recently for her estate sale, we found a big box of patterns.  Amanda was amazed that her Mammy still had all these patterns and I had so much fun seeing the ones that I so clearly remembered.  We ended up calling my sister to see if she could remember what some of the fabrics were.  She remembered Mother/Daughter dresses that Mother had made out of the living room curtains (shades of Scarlett O'Hara).  We laughed and cried over nearly each pattern.  Do I need to say they are now firmly housed in my sewing room and just waiting for a new round of Mother/Daughter clothes?  What a blessing that we have such memories of our mothers and the garments they made for us.  I never had rhinestones, but nearly everything had some sort of hand embrodery.  Thank you so much for taking me back again.

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