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Perfect for jersey skirts, pants and leggings
I've just finished making up a sample for a new pant shape I'm working on. Made from a heavy weight jersey I used 32mm wide elastic for the waist which is overlocked on and then rolled. It's really quick and looks great, here's how you do it....

Posted by Pamela C. from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See Pamela C.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to sew . How To Make A Rolled Elastic Waist - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut a length of elastic for the waist and join the ends together using your overlocker.

    (To work out how much elastic you need place the elastic around your waist or hip and adjust the amount of stretch until it feels comfortable. Add a little extra for the join.)

  • How to sew . How To Make A Rolled Elastic Waist - Step 2
    Step 2

    VERY IMPORTANT! disengage the cutting blade on your overlocker so the edge of the elastic is not cut by the blade.

  • How to sew . How To Make A Rolled Elastic Waist - Step 3
    Step 3

    Divide the elastic evenly into four and mark with chalk, do the same for the pant waist. With right sides together pin the elastic to the pant at these 4 points, 4 pins only. The top edge of the elastic and the pant should be in line.

    This next bit may take some practice and a few muscles, overlock the elastic and the pant together around the top edge stretching the elastic to fit. The jersey underneath should not be stretched.

  • How to sew . How To Make A Rolled Elastic Waist - Step 4
    Step 4

    Right side

  • How to sew . How To Make A Rolled Elastic Waist - Step 5
    Step 5

    Wrong side

  • How to sew . How To Make A Rolled Elastic Waist - Step 6
    Step 6

    Roll once....

  • How to sew . How To Make A Rolled Elastic Waist - Step 7
    Step 7

    ....and then again so the elastic is hidden. Secure the roll at 2 points, usually the side seams but in my case the centre front and centre back, by stitching in the ditch through all layers.

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