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March 26, 2009

Not Adding to Fluff

Filed under: Musings,sewing,Tutorials — georgene @ 9:35 pm

side-viewLow Bulk Waistband Finish
I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any extra bulk at the waist. No pleats, no fly fronts, with all those layers plus a zipper and a button; no coin pockets, no rivets. No thanks.

unzipped2I have been working on this low bulk waist finish for a while. Using an invisible zipper (and Els’ tutorial every time) I have found a way to have the zipper go all the way up to the top of the waistband. It is similar to Els’ tutorial on facing an invisible zipper, with the addtion of a full waistband.


There is a hook and eye at the top for security, keeping the strain off the top of the zipper, as well as an inner button tab. This works equally well with skirts as with pants. I can wear a close fitting tee and have a smooth waist with no hint of that dreaded muffin top effect.


  1. Love the shaped tab, cute touch.

    Comment by Mary Beth — March 26, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Thanks, Georgene. It’s always good to be reminded that we don’t HAVE to include a front fly on our pants.

    I’ve tried making those tabs and have found them very difficult to turn. Yours looks great. Would you consider doing a short tutorial on making the tab?

    Comment by LisaB — March 27, 2009 @ 5:52 am

  3. Really nice clean finish. What are you interfacing the waistband with?

    Comment by Nancy k — March 27, 2009 @ 7:14 am

  4. Thanks for showing , this is a great way to finish a waistband.

    Comment by Els — March 27, 2009 @ 7:47 am

  5. About the tab: I think the key here is that the seams inside are clipped to 1/8″ inside. If you look closely there is an edgestitch also for flatness. One side has fusible.

    About the fusible: I have so many odds and ends of fusible around the studio, I couldn’t tell you a brand quality, but I used a medium weight weft insertion type that you might use for a soft jacket.

    I wanted the waistband to have enough weight to not roll. The wiastband finish width is only 1 1/8″ (3cm). It is one piece folded over, with no seam at the top edge.

    Comment by georgene — March 27, 2009 @ 8:12 am

  6. I had to laugh ,if i have to wear a belt i turn the buckle to the side so as to add no bulk LOL.My husband thinks i’m crazy.That certainly is a neat finsh on the waistband ,i must try that…thanks:)

    Comment by Michelle Jadaa — March 27, 2009 @ 10:25 am

  7. Georgene….fabulous waist treatment..thanks for sharing your technique!

    Comment by Pam ~Off The Cuff~ — March 27, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

  8. Very nice finish – it certainly is sleek. I’ve used that tab idea for several skirts of my daughter’s that have a the zipper right to the top edge of the waist. No one will ever see it, but it is such a nice touch and extra measure of security.

    Comment by Summerset — March 29, 2009 @ 5:19 am

  9. I love the nice and clean silhouette of these pants. Thanks for providing an alternative way for pants closure. I’m going to keep this in mind when I make my first pair of pants. And thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    Comment by MissMasala5 — March 30, 2009 @ 8:10 am

  10. Great job, thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Tany — April 3, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

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