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Types of Waistbands You Can Sew On Different Skirts, Trousers, Dresses

Updated on April 19, 2020

How To Make Waistbands

You can sew a waistband on dresses, trousers and skirts. A waistband is a piece of fabric band that a dressmaker sew on garments to help support and hold the clothing in place at the waistline.

You should use interfacing to stabilize the waistband. There are many types of waistbands that you can sew on your garments. These are some of the kinds of waistbands that a dressmaker can sew on clothes:

Traditional waistbands, stretch or elastic waistband, folded bound waistband, two-piece waistband and couture waistband. If you decide to get yourself a waistband with the elastic, you will notice that it will expand when you wear it no matter your size.

Note that this type of waistband may not give you the perfect stylish fit that other waistbands with no elastic can give. This is an easy method that you can use to quickly make a basic waistband for your skirts, trousers or dresses.

Use a sewing pattern that comes with a waist band, cut and fold the band lengthwise in half and then stitch the narrow ends of the right sides facing. With the right sides facing, place the long edge of one side of the band to the waist seam, allow the other band edge to extend so that you can use it for wrap later.Turn in the raw edges of the seam allowance and use slip stitch technique to stitch along the seam line to the inside.

Types Of Waistbands On Clothes

These are the types of waistbands that supports skirts, dresses and trousers or pants. The names may not be as what you have seen elsewhere, but the style and methods of sewing them are the same.

Traditional Waistband

Traditional waistband is a type of waistband that you can stitch on trousers or skirts. The zip opening on the waistband can be at the center back, at the side or front of the garment. You will normally find the traditional waistband added to clothing with pleats, darts, gathers and tucks.

Stretch Waistband With Elastic

You can find waistbands with elastic on kids clothing, women nightwear, lingerie or sport wears as they are very comfortable and provide enough room for movement. The elastic is to the edge of the waist.

Folded Bound Waistband

Waistbands with folded bound is the easiest waist band that you can make, as you just need to fold one of the band edge over and stitch to give a neat edge. It is made to have a narrow waist.

Two-Piece Waistband

A two piece waistband allows for a better fit especially on trousers for women as it is made with more curves.

Ribbon Faced Waistband

You can make a faced waistband with ribbon or without. The ribbon will make a decorative finish to the waistline. Faced waistband is made with facing to the waistline. Sew the facing to the inside or outside of skirt, depending on how you want the garment to look. When the facing is inside, the raw edges are not visible and this reduces bulk. Ribbon faced waist band is comfortable to wear, the band is not so tight around the waist.

Couture Waistband

Couture waistband is made in a tailored and stylish way to look professional and comfortable.

How To Sew A Basic Waistband

You can sew waistbands in different ways to suit the type of garment that you want. You can make waistband to be narrow, shaped and straight. You can even add a decorative edge to the upper or lower part of the waistline. Elastic waistbands are sewn on knits or woven fabrics.

  • Cut the waistband piece out to the size that you require
  • Cut the fusible interfacing to the length of the band
  • Place and fuse the interfacing to the waistband
  • Match and pin the waistband notching to the edge of the right side of the garment and stitch.
  • You should fold the waistband over the interfacing and fold under the seam allowance
  • Turn the waistband right side out
  • Pin and tack to trouser or skirt along the stitching line
  • You can now use firm stitches to hand sew
  • Slip stitch the turn in ends and remove tacks

How To Make A Basic Waistband Video Tutorial


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