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« on: March 30, 2010 06:58:59 PM »

I have a 5-panel circle skirt & I want to add a waistband that's only elasticized on the back 2 panels (and has a zipper in the center back).  I can find directions on how to make a non-stretch waistband with a zipper, and how to make an elastic casing waistband, but I can't find directions on how to make a hybrid.

I could probably easily figure it out on my own if I just forced myself to do so, but I've got the heebie jeebies about messing it up. 

Does anyone know of a video or illustrated instructions for how to make partly-elasticized waistband with a zipper?

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010 07:34:04 PM »

I don't know for sure, and someone else could probably give you real instructions, but this is something I've been thinking about lately.  What you'd need to do is to create your waistband the way you normally would, with two layers.  Either as a tube or (more accurately) as a front piece and a facing.  The waistband would, ideally, be roughly the width of your elastic.  You would attach the front (interfaced?) to your whole skirt.  Then, what I'd do is attach the facing, clip, fold over, fold under your edge, and stitch in the ditch only around the part you wanted to be flat.  I, personally, would attach the elastic at this point, sewing it down in the seam, stitching in the ditch (this implies that your waistband has seams that match up with your panel seams) and then finish sewing down the waist facing, being careful not to sew over the elastic.  However, that's because my least favorite thing in the world is threading elastic.  You could also sew the whole thing down, then go back and thread the elastic, just get it about 1/4" past your seam, and stitch in the ditch to secure.  Do you want to do a lapped zipper or an invisible zipper?  Either way, I'd stop and secure the elastic just before your zipper allowance.  If it's a lapped zipper, you'll have a line of stitching there anyway.

Like I said, that's just something I've been kicking around.  It's not based in any real sewing reference, beyond personal experience, which is hit or miss.

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