Friday, April 27, 2012

A to Z 2012 - W and X

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Waistbands and eXact fit

Ack! I didn't get around to posting yesterday. It's a bit crazy around here...storms, Silent Auctions, sickness. Should be an 'S' post instead of 'W' and 'X'. ☺ Let's see if I can get back on track. Thanks for visiting! I'll be around to see you later today or tomorrow morning to catch up on your A-to-Z posts...pinky promise.

The waistband is an important part of your skirt or pants. It is the 'anchor' of the garment, holding the fit in place. Oftentimes, the waistband will be visible; however, it can be hidden and still effective in its job.

Getting the proper fit - attaching the waistband to the eXact curve of your waist - will ensure the waistband serves its purpose. Ever had a skirt that shifted, finding the side seam had scooted to the front side? What about hitching up those pants that kept sliding down? If the waistband were properly fitted, and the eXact curve followed, these problems would be eliminated. So how do you figure the eXact fit of the waistband?

  1. Put on your newly constructed skirt or pants.
  2. Grab a piece of heavy string or twine. Tie it around your waist, snug but not too tight.
  3. With a careful hand (or the help of a friend), place pins at the bottom of the string around your entire skirt/pants waistline .
  4. Remove the skirt/pants carefully.
  5. Baste a guideline with contrasting thread, following the pin markings. Remove pins.
  6. Follow the guideline to insert the waistband.

You may find the eXact curve of your waist is asymmetrical, or the curve tilts back instead of forward (very common). If the unbalance is minor, ignore it; however, if the difference is conspicuous, you must give it consideration and grade the waistband accordingly. That is sewing lesson in itself, and will have to wait for another post.

Grab your favorite pants or skirt and take a peek at the
waistband construction. What do you notice?

Happy Friday!

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