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Hey there! So, the other day I made a skirt – my first ing ever sewn, yay! – but it was, too big for me. Of course I made it work and still look presentable by using a bobby pin, but I wouldn’t want to do this forever. The thing is, while it was too big for my waist it did fit well around my hips. My hips are much wider and my butt is much bigger than my waist, so even when trying on clothes it’s harder for me to get these things on…

Well, now that I’m learning I decided to go out and buy some elastic, to make elastic waistbands for my future skirts. My question is, how to transfer my measurements to my clothes (I think that was a big problem for me too) , and then how to measure the elastic correctly so that it will stretch when I’m pulling the skit OVER MY HIPS, but then relax/tighten and sit comfortably when on my waist.

Sorry for the dumb questions, I really am a newbie! Haha, thanks in advance :)


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    Jan 4, 2014, 02.53 AMby purplefan

    I think you should add zippered skirts to your wardrobe, as once you get the hang of altering patterns to fit your dimensions, elastic waistband skirts will not be numerous in your closet!

    So you may be different sizes for your skirt-waist is one size but hip is a different size. Make sure you measure your full hip for all patterns and use that size to choose your pattern, then alter the waist to fit you.

    Elastic-instead of measuring elastic based on your waist size, try using your hip size instead for the elastic measurement (elastic cut 1-4" smaller than your hip size) and see how that works for you.http://www.ehow.com/how_2095663_elastic-waistband-skirt.html

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    Jan 5, 2014, 01.37 PMby katexxxxxx

    Read this, and get a friend to help you take the measurements. You can’t make anything fit without a good set of measurements.


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    Jan 8, 2014, 02.02 AMby arisaid

    By the way no question on this forum is ever stupid!!

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    Sep 7, 2014, 02.23 PMby Crystle Martinez

    Your question was exactly My question!!! I make plus size tutu’s but I learned it is totally different from babes and other age kiddos! How do I take the waist measurement and hip measurement and make an elastic waist band that will fit snuggly and go over the hips with the measurements being so different? Example 42in waist and 52/54in hips? I really want to continue this area for our full figured women but refuse to send out rubbish!

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