How to: Waistband

This tutorial will cover the creation of simple waistband Measure yourself Measure your waist in order to create waistband. To your measures...

This tutorial will cover the creation of simple waistband

Measure yourself

Measure your waist in order to create waistband. To your measures add at least 4 centimetres for the overlapping and then 2 centimetres for seam allowance.

For example: if I have 72 centimetres around my waist, I need at least 78 centimetres waistband.

If you have enough fabric, you can make it longer and then cut it to the right length after sewing.

 I made mine by folding the fabric to two layers and measuring just the half length.

You can have it as wide as you want, remember to add 1 centimeter on each side for seam allowance. I made mine 2.5 centimeters wide, so I had to crop out 7 centimeters wide piece.
The equation is: wide * 2 + seam allowance.

If you want the fabric firmer you can add the fuse which is piece of fabric with a glue on one side  and it is ironed on the fabric (the glue side down) and making the fabric firmer.

Baste it

After you cut out your waistband you baste it to the front of the skirt. Remember that front side goes with front side.
Important fact:
Always baste it on front first because you want the parts that are showing to look the best while the parts that are not showing do not necesarilly have to look the best.
 After you flip the waistband it should look like this:

After you have that basted sew it normally with classical stitching. With front part sewed press the sewing in the middle so the stitching will look the best.

Baste tthe back part to the front in the way that the back will cover the stitches as it is shown on the picture below.

Then sew it and press it.
Haute couture tip:
To make the waistband look the best sew it front side up and through the stitches that are joining the waistband and the skirt. This will hide the stitches used to sew the back of the waistband and it will not be seen on the skirt.
 You can see that needle copies the stitches used for sewing the skirt(on the left) and the waistband (on the right off the picture).

You can press it to make it look better.
In the end you have only sewing the button and button hole left.

Button hole
You can make the button hole without sewing machine with a specific stitching but that is too difficult in opposition to using the special presser foot for buttons. It looks like the one on the pictures below.
The priciple is to put the button in the back of the press foot and then the sewing machine does the rest.
Helpful tip: 
If you are not sure how to use the press foot fot buttons try it out on piece of spare fabric first before sewing on the waistband.
Some of the sewing machines have special arm that halps the sewing machine determine how big the button hole should be.

That's all, hope this tutorial was helpfull.


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