There are a few techniques in garment construction that I consider critical to getting a good result. Clipping curves is one of them, along with grading seams, and anything else that will eliminate bulky seams. And stay stitching and under stitching are another. Many pattern instructions these days don't go into the intricacies of these techniques or provide you with little tricks that make them work better. That's why I love this video segment from Stitch Workshop: Sewing Tips and Tricks on staystitching and understitching.
Learn the tricks of staystitching.
In this segment, former Stitch Editor Tricia Waddell, goes into the whys and hows of both techniques. Basically, you want to stabilize a garment wherever it is going to have stress and the waist is certainly a prime area for that. Just think of what you had for dinner last night and how your waistband can sometimes strain against a full belly.
The waist of a skirt is particularly prone to this stress because as it curves around your body, the grain shifts to one bias and another, making it prone to stretching out. This video is particularly helpful because it gives you tips like adding a binding strip to the waistband to stabilize it before understitching.
We are so happy to offer you this free video and hope that you share it with your sewing friends.
Do you have a favorite garment technique? I would love to know.