Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Adjustable Waisband Tutorial

I recently made a skirt for my daughter who is very thin. She pretty much must always have an adjustable waistband in her skirts and pants. I decided to try to make her an adjustable waistband for this skirt since so that it would last a little longer. It was so easy I couldn't believe it. Here is how I did it but some steps can be done in a different order.

1. Attach interfaced waistband to skirt. The picture on top shows the inside of the skirt.
Press seam allowance toward waistband. The picture on the bottom shows the outside with the waistband pressed up.

2. Decide where you would like the the elastic waistband to end. I wanted mine to end at the side seam so I placed the buttonhole at this point. Place buttonhole on the top section of the waistband. This will fold down to the inside. When placing the buttonhole make sure that you allow for folding up the inside raw edge. (If you know where you want buttonhole this step can be done before attaching to waistband.)

3. Sew button next to buttonhole and cut open buttonhole. It is much easier to do this before you stitch waistband down (ask me how I know).

4. Fold up raw edge and topstitch waistband. Stitch on the right side making sure that you catch the waistband on the inside.

5. Cut elastic. It should be long enough to button on each side with out stretching plus 1" on each side to turn under. Insert elastic and button. (The front of the skirt is to the right)

Here is the finished waistband:
My daughter can pull the elastic out and button it so that the back gathers up making the skirt smaller. Because I stopped the elastic at the side seams the front of the skirt lays flat.

I hope this makes sense. If you have any questions please ask. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Until next time...


  1. Tamara, I really like your method of doing this!

  2. where did you buy the buttonhole elastic?


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