I have been sewing up exercise clothes in a frenzy lately and looking at what’s on line and in the stores and therefore the most fashionable. I found a pretty gathered fold over waistband on a pair of $62.00 (Canadian) name brand yoga pants and I just wanted them – not for $62.00 though! I borrowed a pair from a friend and examined them closely. Then I started…
I bought a small piece of beautiful orange polyester/spandex that just felt SOOO soft! I cut some wide elastic to fit my waist comfortably and cut the orange just as long, plus seam allowances (as you can see, both are on the fold), and 3 times the width of my wide elastic. I marked the fold line so that I would know where to sew on my skinny 1/8″ elastic.
1/8″ elastic sewed on. I held it stretched over my drawn on fold line and zigzagged over it and then when done it sprang together. I was careful to not sew it on where the wide elastic was to be attached. I don’t want gathers there.
I then sewed the orange waistband on to the top of my pants.
Then I sewed my wide elastic on, sewing both edges of it. A small zigzag stitch on the sewing machine was able to sew it all.
Next I folded the waistband down to meet up with the top of my pants and started pinning. I had some extra seam allowance on the orange waistband so I just cut it off before sewing.
I top stitched the top and bottom of the orange waistband and anything else I could find as that orange thread was such a great colour! ALL DONE!