Using power mesh when sewing leggings waistband will give a body shaping effect and it’s very comfortable too. That’s the conclusion of the experiment that did and this how it works.As I talked about in my previous Cora post I had some major waist fitting woes with the Jalie leggings, and ended up having to do them three times before I was happy with the fit.
The upside to all that hassle was that I had to chance to experiment with different sewing techniques (such as making the gusset in three easy steps). During my experiments I also noticed that several of my RTW leggings didn’t seem to have any elastic at all in the waistband. Instead some of them had lining to stabilize the area, which made me think “power mesh!”
Since I had a firmer version of power mesh I decided to see if it would work in a waistband. And it turned out well, the only possible downside is that it feels a little less stable at the top. I loved that it was quicker to make them like this, rather than having to attach elastic to the inner waist seam. The fit is also really flattering, because the power mesh works a bit like shape wear.
1. Cut three waistband pieces: Inner, outer and power mesh
2 . Secure the power mesh to the waistband
I just used a few needles, but basting is perhaps the best choice
3. Sew the side seam(s) of the outer leggings waistband
The Cora waist band only have a seam in the back
4. Sew the side seam(s) of the inner waistband
Make sure you flip the side seams in opposite direction for a non bulky seam
Just like you would do with a regular facing. I used a coverstitch, but a zigzag would work just as well
7. Cut away any surplus power mesh
In hindsight I should have used the inner waist pattern piece for the mesh
8. Attach the waistband to leggings/pants/tights
I recommend basting first to keep the edges of the layers in place
I give this method a 4 out a 5. The only thing is that the edge is a little bit unstable and rolls just a tiny bit when I bend over (but return when I stand up). Maybe the best waistband for activewear should combine power mesh and a narrow elastic at the upper seam?