Disposable absorbent articles which include an outer cover, an absorbent chassis and a stretch band and methods of making the same are described. The stretch band is incorporated into the article by providing a waist panel which includes a pair of primary fasteners attached to a first surface on opposed side margins of the waist panel. The stretch band is attached to the second surface of the waist panel. The stretch band includes a pair of secondary fasteners on opposite end portions of the stretch band which are releasably engaged with the second surface of the waist panel. The second surface of the waist panel may then be attached to an inner surface of the outer cover such that the stretch band is slidably contained between the outer cover and the waist panel. The primary fasteners on the waist panel and the secondary fasteners on the stretch band are configured to releasably engage an opposite waist region of the absorbent article to initially fasten the absorbent article on the wearer and further conform the waist regions to the wearer's body after the absorbent article has been initially placed on the wearer.