Finally I have received my THREADS. On page 42 the item about a turned-over elastic waistline caught my attention. I was in the middle of sewing a pair of stretch denim straight-leg pants….not jeans, more like a sport dress pant and decided to give this new idea a try.
Well, they are finished and after wearing them around the house for an hour or so, they stay in place and what’s more look really nice around the waistline. I used a 2″ wide soft elastic that has been in my stash probably since elastic belts were popular.
A few hints: I fitted these pull-on pants so that they would barely fit over my hips so that the elastic did not have to take up a great deal of gathering. When “sectioning the elastic evenly” (as well as the pants), dividing into 1/8ths works a lot better than the usual four. Before attaching the elastic, use a t-square to draw a line on the elastic right across the width. This makes tacking it to the pants a lot more accurate.
I stitched in the ditch at all four seams to tack the elastic but needed to do more so tacked it in four more places. Someone with a curved back and a generous proportion would probably need more tacks. I’ll see how this wears for now, may need more for this 2″ elastic.
The idea on page 43 about hanging skirts is a good one, but you can do it with pants as well by attaching it to a stretchy cami that you can climb into from the top. I used the skirt idea in the 1960s and can’t remember where I got the idea….it’s great for summer wear, cool and comfortable.