Zipper in waist with elastic
Hello, working with a woven fabric to make very full drapey pair of pants. The original pattern called for knit fabric and elastic applied to waist and turned under – no waistband or casing. How can it be altered to add the zipper (for the woven garment to go over hips). I have seen RTW with elastic right up to a zipper – but that is many layers to sew through. Would it look odd to stop the elastic an inch or so from where zipper would be placed – at side or back seam? Any other suggestions? The top to be worn over this will be a fitted princess seamed one worn on the outside of pants – so do not want to add bulk at waist level of the pants.
I have done this with a pair of purchased pants that had a zipper. The waist was not tight enough, so I inserted elastic in the waistband. I stitched it thru all layers about an inch on either side of the center front so it actually looks like part of the original construction. I always wear tops that cover the waistband and no one notices. Do it.
Thank you for the suggestion!
Sandra Miller wrote an article on adding a zipper to elastic-waist pants to reduce bulk at the waistline. If you're an Insider, you can find that here:
If you have back issues of Threads, this is in #180, Aug./Sept. 2015.
It's a pretty slick technique, and it gives you the best of both worlds: a stretchy waistband and a smoother line around the waist and hips.
Carol Fresia, Threads Senior Technical Editor