Take stress off your waist!!! When your zipper in the back is hard to zip up around the waist this will help it zip nicely. I am going to show you step by step how to add a waist stay to a dress I am making that I ran into this issue.

A waist stay is a ribbon or elastic the is usually in corsets, skirts and dresses so it takes the stress off your zipper and shoulders (depending on what you're adding it to) at your waist (or you can even add to your bust). It is more of a couture technique. It makes the zipper go up more smoothly and helps your garment lay better and stay better.

Technique Materials

I used some petersham grosgrain ribbon, thread, hook & eyes (you can use a bra/suit closure too if you want), and a machine/hand needle.

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  • Sam_0020_large

    Oct 4, 2011, 11.16 PMby wardrobe-cat

    I have seen these in nearly all of my vintage patterns, but it is a technique that seems to be overlooked now. Shame. Use it for all your dresses. Makes life so much easier. Plus the dress sits better.

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    • Orp_1769_large

      Oct 7, 2011, 09.17 PMby loyl8

      totally agree!! thanks for checking out my tutorial. wish i finished the dress but now that I’m pregnant it’s on the back burner. hope this was helpful :)

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