How to Sew a Basic Flat Waistband
Sometimes you just don’t want to use elastic in a waistband. Whether you don’t want extra bulk or are looking for a more polished look, a flat waistband solves the problem. Here’s how to sew a basic flat waistband like on the character skirt I made for my daughter’s dance class.
*Note* I am not interfacing the waistband in this tutorial. If you need your waist band to have more structure and resist folding and/or stretching, add fusible interfacing to your waistband piece. The interfacing should be 1/2 inch smaller than your waistband piece on all sides.
Iron the two long sides of your rectangle under 1/2 inch. Then iron the waistband in half lengthwise. Open up the waistband and one of the sides.
Place the opened waistband side along the waist of your skirt and stitch with 1/2” seam allowance. You’ll be stitching along the fold you ironed into the waistband.
Iron the waistband toward the seam allowance. Take the waistband and fold it against the ironing you did so the right sides are together. Sew along the short sides right by the skirt. Take care not to catch the skirt in your sewing.
Cut diagonally from the fold out to the edge of the seam allowance. This reduces the amount of fabric in that corner and helps the corner get nice and crisp. Then turn the waistband right side out and gently poke out the corner. Repeat with the other end.
Sandwich the seam allowance between the two sides of the waistband and pin the waistband in place. From the front, topstitch along the waistband seam. You can also topstitch along the top edge of the waistband. The front should look sleek and beautiful.
Add a closure such as a hook and eye for dress pants. (Tutorial for the continuous bound placket used in the skirt is here.)