I have a sewing confession. Sometimes I am a lazy sewist.
I love that sewing is an activity that forces me to slow down and immerse myself in the process. It is meditative and relaxing. On the other hand, sometimes you just want to make something, not to revel in the process, but to have something new, practical, and quick! Mabel is a pretty speedy sew to begin with, but through my sewing-laziness I have found a way to cut about a half hour off that process. Which is a victory in my book.
Mabel, meet 2 inch elastic.
I wish I could say that this genius idea was mine, but Meg is the pioneer of this brilliant hack. One Friday while discussing weekend sewing projects, the lovely Meg mentioned that she likes to make her Mabel with an elastic band. Naturally I had to sew one up immediately!
This Mabel mini-hack also has an added benefit of lending your Mabel skirt a control-top-like quality. Making everything lay just a little smoother. Who doesn’t love that?
What you’ll need:
- Mabel pattern, traced if desired
- Recommended yardage
- 1 1/2 to 2″ elastic in a color of your choice, enough to wrap around your waist
- Pattern paper
Begin by cutting out the pattern pieces for desired view. I chose to make Version 1.
Mabel is intended to be worn a few inches below the natural waist. With the addition of the elastic band, I knew I would want to wear this version higher at my natural waistline. Taking this into consideration I chose to lengthen by 4″.
Cut fabric. Remember that you don’t need to cut out the waistband. Assemble skirt pieces.
Next, wrap elastic around your middle to determine length. Make sure you are measuring this at the exact location on your waist where you would like the waistband to hit. The elastic should fit snugly, but not too tight. Mark this point, then add an additional 1/2″. Cut elastic to marked length.
Pin elastic so that the two short ends overlap by 1/2″
Join Elastic with two parallel rows of zigzag stitching. To reinforce the zigzag stitches, sew down the length of the cut elastic edge, backstitch back to starting point, then stitch forward again to secure. This creates an extra sturdy finish.
Pin elastic around waist of skirt, evenly distributing elastic as you pin.
Use a serger, or stretch stitch on your home sewing machine to attach elastic to the skirt.
Hem to finish and enjoy!