Sunday, January 6, 2013

Physically impossible?

The problem
The waistband on V1324 has me stumped.  I hope it's temporary.  Here is the problem.

That intersection is where the waistband intersects perfectly with the angle of the already-sewn dart (pressed towards CF).  The acute angle of the corner, the top of the dart and the angled "side" seam will all serendipitously meet at exactly the same point.

Uh huh.

Normally when you have to sew an inset into an existing corner the corner is capable of being pulled open (by clipping into the reinforced point).  I'm reluctant to do that here, as  the topstitched SA of the "side" seam continues up and towards CF.  I think clipping into it would create a big structural weakness at that point.

The pattern instructions are completely unhelpful.

I'm seriously considering pressing all the SAs on the waistband to the inside, and applying it by hand.

Does anyone out there have advice for me?


  1. I bought that pattern and am grateful to have you beta test it. LOL.

    I'm with you about the Vogue directions. It makes more sense to sew the waistband on and then sew the front diagonal seam LAST, appliqueing it over the waistband mess.

    1. Definitely not according to Vogue, but I think you are right.

  2. isn't it that the waistband is applied first, and only after that you sew the dart?
    sorry for my bad english.

    1. Great minds thinking alike! Love this idea!

  3. I think you should sew this the way you think is sensible. It looks to me too as though this approach might create a structural weakness. Can you sew a waist stay between those two waistband edges on the inside?

    Look forward to hearing how this works out as your in progress skirt is looking beautiful.

  4. Precison sewing is hand work, is it not? Nothing beats it for control. I give in when absolutely necessary too (=it will take more time at SM and unpicking than handsewing). Sounds interesting in any case.