Sewing A Themed Wardrobe 1980s Style: The Fold-Over Waistband 2 Ways!

80s Jeans Fold Over Waistband For 18 Inch American Girl Doll

Hi Everyone! In Part 2 we jump right into another iconic design element of the 80s, the fold-over waistband! I don't know about you, but this was something I rember very fondly. I had an amazing pair of jeans that were accented with a mix & match color set, green, pink and yellow highlighting this fun design style! I wish I had a picture, but for now all I have is the memory, I'll be on the hunt for the right fabrcis to recreate them soon! In this post, I'll walk you through two super simple ways to recreate this look. Once you see how to do it, you can use this same technique on any pattern that has a fitted waistband with a center front opening or seam, pretty fun right? 

Are you ready?

80s Style Fold Over Waistband Jeans for 18" Dolls

Ok, let's jump in to Part 2!

Patterns used in this weeks video examples:

Liberty Jane High-Waisted Jeans & Shorts for 18" Dolls, with the pattern hack demonstrated in part 1 (pleated front legs).

Liberty Jane Button Front Mini Skirt for 18" Dolls

 Button Front Mini Skirt Doll Clothes Pattern 18" Dolls


    Part 2 Tutorial Video #1 - The Fold-Over Waistband Mini Skirt Pattern Hack:

    In this first example I'm using the Liberty Jane Button Front Mini Skirt as my base design. This pattern has a flat front waistband and a separate elastic back casing. Follow along in the video to see how to modify the design to create a fold-over waistband.


    Here's a breakdown of the complete tutorial too:

    Pattern Pieces: Cut out all of the pieces as instructed in the pattern, with the excetption of the Waistband. This is the piece we will be altering to make a fold-over waistband.

    • Step 1: To create a new Waistband piece, simply double the height of the exisiting piece so it is twice as tall. Cut 2 of this modified pattern piece.
    • Step 2: (1:45 - 4:50) Follow the pattern instructions to sew up the skirt until you get to Step 9. The next steps are the same, but your waistband piece will look different because it is taller.
    • Step 3: (4:50 - End) Follow the pattern instructions through Step 18. At this point we will make a slight change to the instructions and only sew the center front overlapped seam to just below the waistband seamline. Don't overlap and sew the waistband at all. Leave this section open so it can fold over and spread apart.


    To finish off the design, simply fold the waistband over, half the width at the side and the full width at center front. It will naturally spread apart and create the angular effect. If desired, you can add button holes to this section too. Now your skirt is complete! 


    Part 2 Tutorial Video #2 - The Fold-Over Waistband High Waist Jeans Pattern Hack:

    In this second example I'm using the Liberty Jane High Waisted Jeans as my base design. This pattern has a full fitted waistband that wraps around the entire waist and has a functional front opening. Follow along in the video to see how to modify the design to create a fold-over waistband.


      Here's a breakdown of the complete tutorial too:

      Pattern Pieces: Cut out all of the pieces as instructed in the pattern (we are using the midified pieces frrom the hack in part 1 to include the pleated front and looser back leg), with the excetption of the Waistband. This is the piece we will be altering to make a fold-over waistband.

      • Step 1: To create a new Waistband piece, we will be changing the overall measurement to from 1-1/2" to 4" for the height of the wasitband. For this example we are also using a contrasting floral print fabric to add a bit more 80s flair! In this case we are cutting tow separate pieces that are 2" in height, one in denim and one in floral print.
      • Step 2: Sew the pattern as instructed up to Step 30. Sew The two long waistband strips together, press the seam allowances open.
      • Step 3: The waistband will attach to the pants the same way as instructed in the pattern, with one change. When you line up the wearers right side, you'll want to press under 1/4" along the short end of the waistband piece. Then line it up 1/4" from the raw edge of the center front opening. This will allow you to finishe this side of the waistband with a finished center front edge that will fold over.
      • Step 4: Finish attaching the waistband as instructed. Topstitch around all four edges to complete. 
        • Step 5: Continue with the pattern instructions to finish up the pants. When finishing the front fly opeinging, you will cut the hook and loop tape to fit the fly overlap only, do not extend up past the waistband seam line. Then fold the new wasitband over to finish!


        Add buttons, iron on studs, and other embellishemnts to complete the look!


        Week Two Tasks:

        • Watch the videos and follow along to see how how easy it is to add a fold over waistband to these patterns!
        • Grab your patterns and get ready to sew one or both of these examples too!
        • Jump over the SWC Facebook Group for conversation and project sharing. 

        Next Tuesday - Part 2: The Jelly Flats Full Video Tutorial WIth Shari!


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        October Membership Links & Coupons:

        Find the downloadable video collection on Vimeo, here:

        Password: STYLE2010

        Free Pattern Info: This code is good for one free pattern from Pixie Faire, any brand ($5.99 maximum discount, higher priced patterns will have a remiaing balance due). This code expires 10-31-2010 and is a one-time use code available to Sewing With Cinnamon members exclusively.

        Pattern Coupon Code: STYLE2010

        • For this topic we recommend using the code to grab the Liberty Jane High-Waisted Jeans pattern (if you don't already have it). Then jump in and follow along in the pattern hack outlined below.
        • Other patterns that will be used in this course over the following weeks are: The new Thimbles & Acorns Jelly Flats, Liberty Jane Bubble Skirt, and Liberty Jane Button Front Mini Skirt.
        • Or check out the style guide info in Part 1 for other patterns with a 1980s theme!

        Course PDF Download: Members are eligible to download one course in a PDF format each month (this also includes longterm access to download the videos). This member benefit used to be for just the most recent months topic, but now you can choose to use this on the most recent topics, found in the SWC Bonuses section (not available to the public yet) or any course listed on the main website in the Sewing With Cinnamon Courses collection.

        Note - The current months topic will be available to download the first week of the following month and can be redeemed with next months coupon code.

        Course Coupon Code: SWC2010



          October 27, 2020

          I really like the look of the pleated jeans where is that pattern?

          Sharon Hemingway
          Sharon Hemingway

          October 26, 2020

          Since I have been a member from the beginning, I will not get a course this month, since the October class will be available with the November coupon, right?

          So if I can cancel my membership at some point, I would not be able to get the class for my last month of membership.

          Just want to be sure I understand how the changes affect me.

          MARIA L BADANI
          MARIA L BADANI

          October 17, 2020

          I do not understand. Using the code SWC2010 we can redeem any course? and on the first week of November will use the code for that month to get the class of October?
          The code STYLE2010 is only for the pattern?


          October 13, 2020

          The fold-over waistband for the pants video is missing on Vimeo. Only the skirt waistband is there for today. There should be four videos total; only three are posted. Thanks

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