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Making a Waistband - Part 12

By Pauline Weston Thomas for


Making a Waistband Pattern

I have assumed that those using these pattern drafts and adaptations will add already know how to sew and are familiar with bought patterns.

Using the skirt block without any adaptation apart from a back kick pleat produces a nice fitting straight skirt. This season pencil skirts are back in fashion and by using this block cut no longer than the knee you can make fashionable skirt.

To make the straight skirt, the basic blocks should be drawn around on fresh paper and 1.5cm seam allowance added to the sides, centre back and waistline of the new drawings.  The hem should have 4cm allowance added to it and the darts, straight grain and hem allowance should all be clearly marked.  The waistband pattern is made as shown in this diagram I've made.


Waistband pattern to be used with the majority of skirt adaptations to come.

1. A to B the pink portion equals your waist measurement. 

2. C the blue portion equals an additional 3 cm for the fastening overlap.

3. D to E is the depth of the finished waistband of 6cm which when folded in construction is reduced to 3cm.

4. The sewing allowance for seam allowances all around the band is an additional 1.5cm.  Make sure this added  to the 6cm depth and the length of the band or you will have problems in construction.

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