See my jeans.
See how close I was to finishing? Topstitching, belt loops, cool fabric for the lining, buttonhole, the works.
I say “was”, because as it turns out, following the Craftsy class instructions to stabilize the top edge of that waistband with twill tape means I can barely pull these previously well-fitting jeans over my backside. And the front won’t quite overlap as well as it was supposed to. Which means that I now have to undo my entire afternoon’s work. Which was actually an afternoon off from my retail job, so it’s way more work than I would have gotten done otherwise. I’m so upset!
I checked, and I do have enough of the denim to cut a new waistband and lining. So I guess that’s better than unpicking every single stitch of this. Though I am quite sad that I’m going to lose that waistband lining–that and the pockets was all I had left over from using this fun print to cover a scrapbook awhile back.
I’m not sure if that means it’s always going to be gapping in the back, since now I’ll have to use two pieces of stretch fabric vs. one piece of stretch plus one slightly bias non-stretch. I’m afraid to try the twill tape again. But I still feel like I’m going to have to stabilize the back somehow so it’s not always riding down on me.
So how would you keep a curved waistband from gapping out in this sort of situation? Have you ever had a completely demoralizing sewing disaster close to the end of a project?
I guess the moral of the story is that girls with curvy butts should take fitting advice from teachers who state they have a flat butt with a very large shaker of salt. If you need me, I guess I have a hot date with my seam ripper.