I now have photos of the wool pants I made during my Palmer/Pletsch Pants fitting class in Portland this fall. The pattern is McCall's 5239 -- the basic Palmer/Pletsch pants pattern. I bought the wool crepe a couple of years ago when I took a business trip to Salt Lake City and had a pants drafting lesson from Sunni at Yellow Bird Fabrics before she bought the store and renamed it A Fashionable Stitch. The fabric was wonderful to work with, and I love the fit of the pants, thanks to Pati Palmer.
I always learn a ton of lessons during my time in Portland at the Palmer/Pletsch School of Sewing. During this most recent pants class, I learned that I love Palmer/Pletsch's Perfect Waistband interfacing. When I took my first P/P pants class the previous fall, I was not sold on the interfacing. Frankly, I thought it was a little old-fashioned. I wanted to make pants with "cool" contour waistbands. As my daughters will attest, "cool" is my middle name. I never wear anything that isn't cool.
But, during this year's class, I made a pair of contour-waist pants (which will not see the light of day without a TON of tweaking), and a pair with a straight, one-inch wide waistband formed with Marta and Pati's perfect interfacing. The interfacing is strong and stiff and a perfect one-inch wide. It does not roll. It does not stretch. It does not budge. I could eat three Thanksgiving dinners and my waistband would stay in place and remain the same size (which could be painful).
Next up for McCall's 5239: a black pair with side pockets, a fly-front zipper, and a "Perfect" waistband. My style icon, Katharine Hepburn, would approve.
How about you? Do you have a favorite way to stabilize your waistband?