Whether you’re sewing a waistband for pants or a skirt, you’ll be happy to know that the possibilities are limitless. You can make your waistbands fancy, functional, or both. From summer to winter, you can make your waistbands functional, fashionable, or all of the above. In fact, your waistband can be a perfect finishing touch for a beach cover-up or a stylish finish for a dress.
Drafting a straight waistband
The next step in drafting a waistband is to create a pattern. The pattern piece should be made with the grainline indicating the centre front cut on the fold. Then, fold the pattern piece along the seam lines to create a complete pattern piece. If you are attaching a button closure, you will want to make sure you add an extension to the button hole to make the button hole fit the front of the waistband.
To make a straight waistband, measure the circumference of the garment and add three centimeters. Cut out the fabric by following the pattern lines as closely as possible without stretching the fabric. Remember to keep individual threads at right angles to the seam lines. Fold the fabric lengthwise with right sides together. Once folded, use a pinking shear to trim the seam allowance at the waistband edges. Drafting a straight waistband takes practice and will improve your garment making skills.
Drafting a contoured waistband
Drafting a contoured waistband requires a little more skill than drawing a straight band. You should start by measuring the edge of the waist of your garment. Then, use a measuring tape to measure from side seam to side seam. Next, you will need to measure the difference between the two sides of the waistband. Lastly, you must use a curved ruler to make the contoured pattern.
First, draw a line that is the correct width and length. Next, draw a line that connects the two lines. It should be clear enough to see underneath the lines. Make sure to make the seam allowance a minimum of 1/2″ throughout. Then, fold the pattern so that the vertical center front line is aligned with the lower edge of the waistband. Once it’s drafted, sew the seams of the waistband to the upper edge of the skirt.
Drafting an all-in-one casing
One of the easiest ways to make an all-in-one waistband is to draft a casing. To do so, you’ll need to cut a piece of elastic to your desired waist measurement. Remember to leave a seam allowance of 1/4 inch (6mm) on all sides. Fold the elastic over and mark the other side. Transfer the markings to another piece of paper by using a tracing wheel.
The process of drafting an all-in-one waistband casING is easy and straightforward once you have a pattern. First, you need to fold the piece of fabric in half. You will want to make sure that the sides are right sides together. Next, fold the fabric into thirds. Make sure to press the raw edge of the fabric under three eighths of an inch to create a neater finish. Use your usual seam allowance to sew the pieces together.
Drafting a drawstring waistband
When you are making a drawstring waistband, it is important to get the right measurements. The width and height of the waistband should be between 3cm and 6cm. Then, you need to draw perpendicular lines to the centre of the front of the garment. After drawing the pattern, you need to connect the points of the lines on the pattern piece. You also need to mark the points where you will join the two lines.
Make sure you have enough space to cut the pieces. The waistband piece should be longer than the front and back pieces combined. The length of the button extension should be about three to four cm. The length of the button extension will depend on the size of the buttons. Make sure you leave a seam allowance in the centre front and back. You can cut the pattern pieces into 2 pairs if you are making two identical pairs.
Sewing a plain-front trouser with a drawstring waistband
Whether you are making a pair of jeans or a plain-front trouser, there are many things to consider before beginning this project. The first step is to take a tape measure your waist, then add an inch or two to your measurement. Then, cut the elastic to size. You can use a fabric measuring tape to get a more accurate measurement. If your waist is cinched, cut the elastic 2 inches smaller than the circumference of your hip.
Make sure the drawstring is at the correct height. If you make the waistband too large, you may end up with an awkward fit. If you are making a drawstring waistband for a woman, a larger size is easier. You’ll also want to take the waistband in a little bit, since it is quite bulky and hard to sew through.