I have converted the Vogue 7933 waistband to a pull-on style, comfort waistband (see previous post). Yay! It's not perfect but it's now much more wearable than before. There is still a little gaping at the back but tolerable. It's probably because I have a flat seat and I'm short-waisted. I will have to re-draft the waistband piece of this pattern later for a better fit.
I was rushing to finish this after the kids had gone to bed and forgot to take pictures along the way. After removing the original waistband and sewing the original zipper fly shut, these are the steps:
1. Find the original fabric for this pair of pants. Cut out the contour waistband on the stretchy grain of the fabric, using the Vogue 7933 pattern as a guide, but omit the overlapping tab part so that the waistband will form circle.
2. I sewed the waistband into a circle, and did the same with the facing. Then I sewed the top of the waistband and the facing together.
3. I cut a piece of 1 inch non-roll elastic which is about 1.5 inch shorter than the circumference of the waistband. I zig-zagged it into the top seam allowance of the waistband facing piece. I tried with a 1/4 inch elastic but I like the 1 inch elastic better because makes the waistband more sturdy. I stretch the elastic slightly when I sewed it to the fabric. I stretched it a lot when sewing it to the back where it originally gaped horribly.
4. I sewed the waistband to the pants and top-stitched it with contracting threads.
I rarely tuck my tops into my pants these days. So this is how I am wearing it. The waistband gently holds back my mommy tummy a bit which is nice.
I'm quite happy with this conversion. These pants are wearable now! I am going to look at the other pants I made and see if I still have the original fabric to do this conversion again. Thanks Myrna for your post!