I had a treatise planned to upload today – a dig into palazzo pants, the origin of the name and all that. The extra wide legged Mirage pants prompted me to look into “palazzo” pants. Instead, I thought this buttoned waistband version of the tied wrap pants (Mirage Pants by CamiMade Patterns) would be worth a share. So, onward to the waistband hack.
On the left is the original tied closure of the pants when made according to the pattern. So very cute – when you wear these pants with the waist ties visible. But that’s not my thing; I keep my waist covered. See me wearing the rust pants here. Therefore, instead of living with a knotty bump under my over blouse, I decided to change the wrap waistband closure to a button closure as in the green linen on the right. Yeah, an elastic option was considered but that’s for exploring on another day.
I could just extend the waistband on each end (there are four ends where each wraps around the other and buttons on the front and back) and let the extensions button up. Well, there was not enough fabric for the waistband as designed in the pattern. Therefore, a creative solution had to be found. And, this is what I did:
Due to not enough fabric for the separate waistband, a waist facing seemed to be the best solution. See the extension, there? Well, once turned over as a facing, the other side needed a “cover up”. Yikes! There’s an example of not thinking it through.
Okay, bring on the scraps.
I cut small rectangles, the width of the facing/waistband and enough length to overlap the inside edge so that it is enclosed. The stitching line follows the edge of the interfacing, then the seam trimmed and the extension turned to the right side. Is this clear as mud?
Look! The waistband facing has it’s own facing which is visible on the right side at the closure. This is the place for a buttonhole; the buttons are sewn on the pant waist, or wherever they can be buttoned comfortably. See the extra inside flap? I left it there to add an inside closure for a little more waistband sturdiness.
That’s it, folks! Until next time…..