There are times when the thrift gods bless you with a gorgeous print skirt and then you try it on and discover it doesn't fit the waist. Sometimes it's just a little tight. Sometimes it just doesn't fit! Were the waistlines smaller in the 80s? Was the shapewear better? I bought my precious print skirt anyway because..I'm going to lose weight..have my tummy tucked..not eat for the day and other such lies I tell myself.
I cut that mothereffin' tight waistband off and added an elastic waistband. This pattern has nice horizontal stripes to make the refashion super easy.
How to Add an Elastic Waistband
1. Remove the zipper. Even if you don't sew, the seam ripper is your friend. It's sew (hee hee) friggin handy.
2. Sew a new seam. Easy enough to do. Just follow the seam line below the zipper.
3. Cut away the offending waistband and any additional fabric that doesn't ease over the hips. I mostly eyeballed it.
4. Measure your waist with the elastic. Make a casing. I used 1" elastic. My casing was 1.25 inches so that I could comfortably insert the elastic and sew close to the seam edge. Don't forget to leave a couple of inches open for the elastic to go in.
5. Insert elastic. Sew the opening close.
Now I have a new old skirt. Vintage skirt fits the waist perfectly without losing weight!
To reward myself for finally fitting into the skirt I wore it with my latest shoe purchase. I have been wanting to try lug sole heels for a while but they seemed so impractical and I was right. They are. They are the highest heels I own. Fairly comfortable but high. Strictly for sitting around a hookah and a cocktail. And snacks because this skirt was made for it.