Waistband with an Elastic Casing
One of the last steps of sewing a skirt is the making a waist band. An elastic casing is easy way how to make a waistband for the skirt or women's pants.
A casing is folded fabric that holds elastic band.
Measure your waist and cut the elastic band adding some allowance to both edges of strip.
Before sewing a belt you need fold top part a skirt or pants. First, mark two lines, between them will lay an elastic strip. Don't forget make this place a little wider than the width of the elastic strip.
Fold over half an inch along the top and iron it down. This will tuck away the raw edges of the fabric. Next, fold the top of the waist over again and iron.
Pin the fold before stitching.
Stitch along the bottom fold as close as possible to edge.
Near the side seam a skirt or pants you need leave an unstitched area 3-4 cm for inserting an elastic strip.
Using large safety pin or some special tools fasten one end of elastic.
Now you need to insert the elastic into channel keeping the strip flat.
The both ends of elastic comes out at of opening. Pull them out and away from casing.
Sew both ends of elastic strip together, as shown.
Pull this segment elastic strip back into casing. Now you need evenly stretch all elastic strip along the casing a skirt.
At the last step of sewing a waistband with elastic you need to close an opening.
At side seam of skirt I recommend make vertical stitch. Using this trick the wide strip into the belt always is flat.
Now your waistband is ready. You can make hem your own pants or skirts.
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