How to Make Waistband Casing for Skirt

Waistband with an Elastic Casing

At the last step of sewing a skirt you need make a waist band. An elastic casing is easiest way of making a waistband for the skirt or for women's pants.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 1

To make casing you need fold top end of fabric and insert into it the elastic band.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 2

At beginning you need measure your waist and cut the elastic band. Don't forget add seam allowance to both edges of strip.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 3

Before sewing you need mark a line where need fold fabric. Place elastic on the fabric and mark two lines. Between these lines need lay a strip. Don't forget make this place a little wider than the width of the elastic strip. Add 5-6mm on the free passage elastic tape into the casing.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 4

Now you need fold over half an inch along the top edge and iron it, as shown. This will tuck away the raw edges of the fabric. You can do it differently, just serge top edge a fabric. Next, you need fold the fabric over again along bottom mark and press it well.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 5

Pin the fold before stitching.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 6

It is time to stitch along the bottom edge on wrong side a skirt, as close as possible to edge.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 7

Near the beginning of the line you need leave an unstitched area 3-4 cm for inserting into casing an elastic strip.
Note: This unstitched area I recommend make near the side seam a skirt or pants.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 8

Using large safety pin or some special tools, you need fasten one end of elastic tape, as shown.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 9

Now you need start inserting the elastic tape into channel keeping the strip flat all time.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 10

The both ends of elastic tape come out through the opening. Pull them out away from casing.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 11

Sew both ends of elastic strip together with double stitch, as shown.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 12

Pull this segment elastic strip back into casing. Now you need evenly stretch all length of elastic strip along the casing.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 13

At the last step of sewing a waistband with elastic you need close this opening.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 14

At side seam a skirt I recommend make vertical stitches. Using this trick the wide strip into the belt always will be flat.

Waistband with an Elastic Casing, step 15

Now your waistband is ready. You can start hem pants or skirts.

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