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From: JoaniesJosh
Date: 01-18-2007, 07:22 PM (1 of 4)
Has anyone ever made a maternity skirt using elastic with buttonholes? I want to make one, but can't find any directions or suggestions. I bought fabric and purchased a "maternity front" panel, but I think if I could somehow use the buttonhole elastic, it would be more useful.

Thanks, Joanie
User: JoaniesJosh
Member since: 05-15-2006
Total posts: 17
From: material_pakrat
Date: 01-18-2007, 08:33 PM (2 of 4)
This sounds a bit different but the principals are the same I guess. I use these style of waists for my daughter so I dont have to keep replacing elastic. It is also easy to adapt to store bought clothes ( she is really tall and skinny - sz 2 fit, sz 5 length.) Hers have the back of the waist elasticised in a casing, and then just a plain casing at the front. The buttonhole elastic is sewn into the side seams, and the button can be placed inside (not too comfortable when pregnant I would guess), or outside. I guess you could also have the whole back elastic as the buttonhole elastic too, just as long as you anchor the centre back so it doesn't go walking in the wash :bg:

If you need me to, I coud try and get some pics of how my daughters skirt's are constructed.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: AndreaSews
Date: 01-18-2007, 08:48 PM (3 of 4)
When I was pregnant my favorite pants had buttonhole elastic. And now my favorites of my young daughter's pants have it too. I haven't sewn with it myself, but it's not hard. You anchor it down at the side seams and then thread it through a buttonhole on the inside of the waistband, fasten it to a button to hold it in place, and then fold over the waistband to the inside and stitch into place. It helps a lot to look at an example, perhaps in the maternity section.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: lizzybugsmommy
Date: 01-19-2007, 11:15 AM (4 of 4)
This web site may help you some. It has how to make nursing shirts and baby wearing items. Hope it will give you some ideas.
Catherine lb_pml&cb=PW

Husbands gone fishing..... I've gone fabric shopping
User: lizzybugsmommy
Member since: 05-20-2006
Total posts: 207
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