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8/21/2005

"HOW TO USE IT" ...Elastic!

The following is just ONE of many ways Pro-Stretch Elastic can be used. It can be inserted into a casing. Also..it can be stitched through without losing stretch!


ELASTIC IN ACTION... "The Comfy Waistband" is a popular waistline treatment, that becomes even more comfortable when made with Pro-Stretch Elastic.


Start with a garment prepared for a cut-on elastic waistline, then cut a length of Pro-Stretch Elastic 1-2" smaller than the body's waist measurement. Stitch the ends of the elastic together, making a circle.

Divide both the elastic and waist-edge into 4th's. Pin the Pro-Stretch Elastic to the wrong side of waist matching the quarter marks, as shown.

Using a serger or zig-zag, stitch the elastic to the waist edge by stretching the elastic to meet the fabric (contrasting thread is used here for demonstration).

Turn the elastic to the inside (wrong side), and stitch along the Center Front, Center Back and Side Seams to complete the waistline (contrasting thread is shown here for demonstration).

When the garment is worn, the waistline appears to be faced because the elastic is not inserted into a casing. There will be some "ease", but this method gives the waist a much smoother appearance than if the edge was top-stitched.

These Jeans were made with Pro-Stretch Elastic using the "Comfy Waistband" application.

ComfyWaistJeans

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Nancy said...

Wow those jeans look great even without a regular waistband. They must be comfortable.

I got my elastic and am loving it! It's so easy to work with. It's nice and soft but with body too. I'll definitely be getting more soon.

N.H.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant way to do elastic, can hardly wait to try ---- and buy!

Jenny in Brisbane

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Melissa E said...

OK... it's serged on the WRONG side of the waistband. Then you flip flip it to use up the casing allowance and cover up the elastic before you stitch in the ditch...?

I guess I've been doing it backwards -- trimming off the casing allowance, stitching right sides together, and stitching in the ditch. Not as pretty inside, but it does remove some bulk.

This elastic ROCKS! I'm going to order another mile or so.

PS: Thanks for letting me "Choose an identity." I'm temporarily tired of the one I'm using now.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Pamela Erny said...

Yes, exactly Melissa! ...to the wrong side.

Yeah this elastic is REALLY nice...I love it too!

Pam
~Fashion Sewing Supply~

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam, what do you mean by a "cut-on" elastic waistline? --Becky

8:01 PM  
Blogger Pamela Erny said...

Hi Becky,

I mean a waistline that does not need to have a strip of fabric added as a waistband. In other words, the waistband is included in the total rise of the pants (or skirt), you do not need to sew extra length onto the top edge in the form of an added waistband.


PAM

8:13 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Is this elastic suitable to make maternity underbelly skirt? How many more inches should I add to the "before pregnant" waistline?
Thanks,
Rebecca
rc4lee@yahoo.com

7:53 PM  
Blogger Candy said...

I love the jeans application. However, what do you use for a closure on the jeans? I would like to remove a waistband on a pair of jeans I have now and put this elastic on as shown, but do not know how to close them at the top.
Thank you so much for the great pictures. I can't wait to try this. Candy

2:05 PM  
Blogger Pamela Erny said...

Hi Candy...

These jeans I made were specifically drafted as "pull-on" pants...the fly front is "fake". They are made with stretch denim, so they pull on easily...up and over my hips.

I do not think you would be successful trying to alter regular denim jeans with this elastic waistband application, because your jeans would not be able to be pulled over your hips...without some stretch in the denim to "help".

4:42 PM  
Blogger Candy said...

That's too bad, because it seems like such a good idea. I may have to play with an old pair and see if I can get it to work, Thanks for the response. I just found your website today and I like what I see. I will be back.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Rowena said...

Thank you for your tutorial. I was having a hard time sewing elastics (instead of threading them into casings) and your tutorial seems so easy. I'll definitely try it next time.

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Jodieth said...

I am so excited about this site blog. I went ahead and placed an order for the Pro Weft Fusible interfacing and the elastic. I am getting the sample pack too. I have over the years been so disappointed in interfacings especially. I will be ordering more if I am as pleased as everyone sounds here.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Pam, this is a wonderful tutorial. I have a question. So you stitch the elastic to the wrong side, but then you say "Turn the elastic to the inside (wrong side)". So do you mean you fold the whole thing down again so that the serged seam is now facing downwards into the pants?
Thanks!

1:11 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Natalie...yes exactly! the serged edge will now be facing "down" with the elastic
"sandwiched" between the fabric :)

6:03 AM  

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