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Gormless question re. elastic for waistbands

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Leo35 Mon 06-Dec-10 14:36:25

is there a 'rule' for measuring elastic for a waistband? You know along the lines of: around your waist and add 3 cms/ 5 cms, or perhaps, deduct an amount?

I am going to replace the elastic in two pairs of pyjama trousers (both mine), and I don't want the waistband too baggy nor too tight. The PJs are lovely and soft and I don't want to replace them.

I can find online video tutorials, but I just want to know how to measure, and therefore how much to buy!

shodatin Mon 06-Dec-10 14:45:12

Gormless answer: I hold elastic next to skin to measure at comfortable tension, then add 1cm each side to sew together - have never heard of any rule!

solo Mon 06-Dec-10 14:47:52

Same as shodatin.

Leo35 Mon 06-Dec-10 21:04:40

Thanks for the advice. Of course that is the most sensible approach. I think I have been over-thinking it. Apparently that is possible - oh dear...

Will go and get started tomorrow.

rockinhippy Mon 06-Dec-10 21:42:09

Agree with the above,

but would also recommend giving the elastic a shot of hot steam under the iron first, as some can shrink a bit

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