Hi Guys, Welcome Back! We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday! Today we are going to assemble the waistband for the leggings!
We changed a few things in our assembly, but don’t worry, we’ll explain the hows and whys as we go. So let’s dive right in and talk about interfacing!
The athletic wear that we used for our leggings is an incredibly stretchy knit that has amazing recovery. Because of the amount of stretch this fabric has, once iron-on interfacing is applied the fabric has a bit of rippling when stretched to the fullest. You can see the ripples that are caused by the interfacing in the above picture.
Because of the rippling effect, we have decided not to interface our waistband pieces.
If you are using a knit fabric with less stretch, like a cotton spandex knit, we do suggest using the Easy Knit iron-on interfacing. Apply it to your waistband pieces as per the directions.
Because we are using highly elastic athletic wear for our leggings, we will also be forgoing the clear elastic (which is an optional step).
Our leggings will be closer to compression leggings, taking advantage of the high spandex content in our knits. We ended up cutting our waistband pieces slightly smaller, taking off about 1/2″ on both sides of the band pieces.
If you are using a knit will less recovery, we do recommend adding in the clear elastic to ensure your leggings are nice and snug!
Now that you have decided what elements to include, and which to exclude, let’s get sewing!
First, we’ll be sewing the waistband front and back together at the side seams with right sides together. No need to finish these edges since they will be turned inside out.
Repeat for the waistband lining pieces.
We will be adding the optional pocket to our leggings!
The pattern calls for the pocket to be included in the front of the waistband, however, I prefer the pocket in the back… so that’s what I did! If you would also like you pocket in the back, just trace the notches onto the back piece instead of the front.
Sew one pocket bag to the top edge of the waistband at the notches indicated in the pattern. Sew with right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now we’ll sew the other pocket bag to the waistband lining. Once you have finished, your waistband lining will be a mirror image of the waistband piece, as shown in the picture above.
Pin the waistband to the waistband lining with right sides together. Make sure you match your side seams as well as the pocket bags.
At this point if you are including clear elastic, you will include it in your seam as you sew up the top edge of the waistband.
Sew together using a 3/8″ seam allowance. When you reach the marked point on the pocket bag, stop and pivot around the curves of the bag while maintaining the 3/8″ seam allowance. Depending on how slippery your fabric is, you may want to take this step slowly to ensure the pocket bag stays together.
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