Do you have any of those ancient workout clothes in your closet that you don’t wear because they make you feel even fatter that you already feel? I have a LOT of those. So today I’m sharing this yoga waistband tutorial.
I’m not sure if it’s because some of my workout pants/shorts are so old, or because for some reason activewear manufacturers seem to think you want TIGHT elastic so those pants aren’t going anywhere. But I have workout pants I didn’t try before buying (gifts, a lot of the time) and I avoid them like the plague.
Why do manufacturers do that? When this is so much more comfortable and flattering? I think I wore these shorts all of 2 times ever before I altered them. And I I got them YEARS ago.
The unfortunate thing about the super tight elastic is that it does this. And yes this is a small picture on purpose. I can’t believe I’m even posting this on the internet. I mean who wants that kind of muffin top and other assorted lumps these give me, or pants that go up three inches past your belly button? I probably should have just thrown these away, but I thought they could be saved.
And I was right, so hopefully this tutorial spares you muffin top and posting unflattering pictures of yourself on the internet.
Start by cutting off the elastic squeeze of death.
Using a pair of pants that you like for reference, or trying these on and marking where you would like the bottom of the waistband to sit, mark off the extra fabric. I cut my pants in a V in the front – I like the front of my pants/short to sit lower than the back.
Cut, making sure you’ve left a seam allowance.
Cut a strip of ribbing or interlock knit for your waistband. Jersey might work too, but it doesn’t usually have the same stretch and recovery as ribbing or interlock. (Not sure what ribbing and interlock are? See this post.)
To figure out how long your waistband should be, measure where it’s going to sit on your waist and subtract 1.5″.
Your waistband should be double the height of what you want your final waistband to be, plus seam allowances.
Fold waistband, matching short ends, right sides together and stitch (red line)
Now fold your waistband wrong sides together, matching the long edges so you have a loop with the seam inside.
Put your waistband on the shorts or pants, right sides together, matching the raw edges (There are 3 raw edges – 2 from the waistband and 1 from the shorts). Match the seam of the waistband to the center back seam on the pants or shorts.
Stitch, using a stretch stitch.
Turn the waistband so the seam allowance points down, and you’re done.
MUCH more flattering – no more weird lumps and bumps and now they sit below my belly button.
So go on, rescue those pants you’ve been avoiding. It might even be an incentive to work out. I fell off the running wagon over the summer, despite all my New Year’s Word of the Year and all, but I’m climbing back on. I’ve made it to week 5 of the Couch to 5K program – yay!
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