Monday, July 30, 2012

Making a grosgrain ribbon waist facing


The Burda magazine shorts that I made last month had a rather messy solution for waist facing. Or maybe it was just my having a hard time grasping how it should be sewn together?
But to be honest: "Burda, It's not me, it's you" 

So instead I decided to opt for a grosgrain ribbon facing. Which made me realize what a fantastic way this is to create a smooth, and stable, waist. Plus it feels a little luxe.

Here comes a quick tutorial on how to do it:



First attach the grosgrain ribbon by top stitching it onto the seam allowance (I use a 6mm allowance). I use a blind hem presser foot to make the seam more precise.


The waist after the top stitching is done. Look how discreet the seam is.


On the the flip side. Not as slick, but it will soon disappear. I created a self fabric hook for the button.


Fold the grosgrain ribbon over and press into place.


To secure the ribbon I sewed a line of stitches in the ditch of each seam (including the darts).


What it looks on the other side. This will keep the ribbon in place.


The finished shorts. I used the them plenty in Portugal and the ribbon facing really kept the waist from growing. I normally have problems with this, even though I use interfacing and stay stitching.


10 comments:

  1. I don't know what is about grosgrain ribbon, but you're totally right about the luxe-factor. I've heard about using it as facing but it didn't click with me that this would be a great way to stop the waistband from stretching. Next time I get the chance, I'll definitely be trying this!

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    1. I think you will really like it, I was supprised how stable it feels even though it's just a ribbon. And it makes the waist feel very smooth too, not bulky like a facing might.

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  2. Thanks for the great tip! I have a denim skirt that fits just right after each wash but stretches out really quickly... I think I need to do some version of this to it after the next wash.

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    1. Yes do try. I think it's the weave of the ribbon that makes it so stable even though it's not that thick. I used a medium thick ribbon, there are stiffer ones too, but what I like about the one I picked is that it feels very smooth to the body

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  3. Thanks for a great tip and tute! I will definitely try this.

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    1. You're welcome! I will use this more often too in the future.

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  4. Great tutorial and idea. Love the shorts!

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  5. I always have problems with stretching waistbands (I interface and staystitch too!). What I usually do is stitching a strip of non-stretchy fabric onto the outer waistband (if there is no waistband, I stitch it on the top edge of the skirt) before I attach the inner waistband. Works pretty well.

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  6. First of all, I would like to congratulate you for a very good job! It’s great that you’ve finally tried using grosgrain ribbon for the waist… It’s no ordinary ribbon, you know. I’ve seen some who are really fond of making their watch straps out of it, too. But, they’re better for clothes. Love the prints of the short, btw.

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