DIY // Replace Elastic and Add Overlay To Thrift Store Romper | Thriftanista in the City


DIY // Replace Elastic and Add Overlay To Thrift Store Romper

I thrifted a $3 homemade raggedy stitched denim romper that was a couple sizes too big because it had pockets, was super broken in and comfortable. Plus, shoulder baring tops are hot right now and so am I. Literally. It's friggin hot outside. I love it.  

I had planned on replacing the worn out elastic but an easier and faster solution came to me.

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refashion a thrift store romper with an easy diy

This romper was too big in the chest and in the waist. I had planned on replacing the elastic in both places but closer inspection of the frayed, delicate seams made me change course. I decided to just fit the top elastic and cover the waist by making an overlay.

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fabric for overlay*
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seam ripper

*This romper is a basic square halter bodice so it was simple to simple to use it as a  template. I cut two fabric pieces that were the same width and length of the romper's bodice plus extra for side seam allowances (½"), upper edge (¼"), and lower hem (2"). With right sides facing, sew side seams to make overlay.

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Instructions: Step 1: Remove old elastic using a seam ripper. Step 2: Place overlay inside of romper matching side seams. The wrong side of romper and the right side should be placed together. Sew ¼" around upper raw edge. Step 3: Pull the overlay out and over the romper. Step 4: Make casing for upper edge by sewing a seam 1¼" below the upper edge.  Insert elastic. (Use DIY off the shoulder dashiki top tutorial for further reference.) Hem lower edge of overlay.

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I like how the overlay turned out. It looks like two separate pieces instead of one and it's a nice color injection too. Since I was in a refashioning mood, I quickly cut a few inches from the shorts and sewed a new hem. 
What do you think?

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