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Why Are My Waistbands Too Big?!

SewingSunflowers's picture


I am making seven bridesmaids skirts using Simplicity's pattern 2512 ( I made a test skirt for myself with little issue. I then cut out all the pieces according to the measurements provided to me by the ladies. 

When I sewed the three waistband pieces (1 front, 2 back) together for the first skirt, it was 5" too long. (The skirt is for size 16 with a 30" waist, but the waistband piece was 35" long. I need to add a zipper which will shorten it a little, but not enough). Tried it on another waistband - same problem. 

Anybody have this problem before? Or know what I'm doing wrong?