Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's All About The Waistband

In this week's Decades of Style Arches Skirt sew long post, it's all about the waistband. We've put the cart before the horse a bit with this post as next week we will be talking about creating a lining for the skirt. Of course, you would make and insert the lining before attaching the waistband. This is actually a special post as I talk about adding waistband buckrum to the waistband. It's rarely used these days, sadly, but it is something that I absolutely love to use in my waistbands. In the video, I tell a short story about how I came to know about waistband buckrum. In the picture below, you can see the buckrum that I used in my waistband.
 In the post, I also show you how I finish off my waistbands,
 and I show you how to create the lovely embroidery stitches around the hook.
If by chance you would prefer a video on how to do the hook application, just let me know as I'll be more than happy to do one. This is how I sew on all of my hooks and I just love how it looks inside my garments.
You can find the post HERE and the video is below.

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  1. thank you for sharing your tips

  2. This waistband treatment was the one that Pati Palmer described in her books and patterns. I didn't realise that it was no longer available at the fabric store. I used it for everything. In softer fabrics, I found it could actually wear through the top fold, so your tip of interfacing the waistband would be wise in that case. So nice to see this technique being taught once again. The waistband never folds when you use it.

  3. That waistband stiffening is called Banrol in the U.K. I have just rediscovered a supplier (English Couture Company for anyone here who is searching) and I was so happy as it makes an enormous difference to the finish of the waist. Your skirt looks lovely, and I particularly like the lining!

  4. Even though I am not doing the sew along, I learn so much from you! Thank you for sharing!

  5. It's been years, but I do remember using buckrum in my waistbands.

  6. Rhonda, I used to use waistband buckrum in my skirt waistbands all the time when I was in high school and college, and sometimes in my pants waistbands as well. It was so convenient, and made a great waistband. I may have a very old tiny piece left somewhere.
    I would love to see how you sew in your skirt hooks; it looks so lovely. The stitch looks similar to the one used when making a chain, for example, to attach a lining to a skirt.

    1. I had thought about doing a video tutorial. Since you asked, I will :)

    2. Thank you, Rhonda. I do love pretty insides to my garments. Sewing in a hook with beautiful little stitches elevates a hook to a thing of beauty. :)