Tools and materials:
- Fabric chalk
- Safety pin
- Seam ripper
- Sewing machine
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I put my sweatsuit on and figured out where I wanted the bottom hem of my sweatshirt to fall.
I marked where I wanted the shirt to end with a pin.
Measuring two inches of seam allowance below the pin, I drew a line across the front of the sweatshirt with the help of a ruler and some fabric chalk.
Following the line I had just drawn, I cut the excess fabric off the bottom of the sweatshirt.
I flipped the sweatshirt inside out and folded the raw edges up two inches, and pinned the hem in place.
I sewed across the bottom of the sweatshirt using a straight stitch.
With the rope I chose for my drawstring, I circled my waist and tied a generous bow to measure how much rope I would need for my drawstring. Once I knew how much I needed, I cut it to the desired length.
Using a seam ripper, I cut two holes in the bottom front hem of the sweatshirt.
I attached a safety pin to the end of the rope I had cut for the drawstring. I inserted the pin into one of the holes I had cut in the hem of the sweatshirt, and worked the pin through the tunnel created by the hem, pulling the drawstring along with it.
Once the drawstring was pulled through the hem tunnel and out the second hole, I tied knots on the ends.
Next, I turned my sweatpants inside out and flipped the hems at the bottom up a few inches. I laid the elastic I was planning to use around the ankles on top of the bottom hem to measure how wide I needed the hem to be.
Once I knew how wide I needed the hem to be to run the elastic through it, I pinned the hems in place.
Then I sewed the hem on both pant legs.
I left a gap of about two inches in the hem of each pant leg, which would allow me to insert the elastic and run it through the hem.
I used a measuring tape to measure around my ankle.
I cut two pieces of elastic the length of my ankle measurement plus one and a half inches.
Using a safety pin, I inserted the elastic into the hem of the pants through the gap I had left and worked the elastic through until it came all the way around the hem and back out through the gap.
I pinned the ends of the elastic together.
Then I sewed it together with a zigzag stitch.
Once my elastic was in place, I sewed up the gap in the hem of the pants.
Next, I used a measuring tape to measure around my waist.
I added an inch and a half to the waist measurement and cut a piece of elastic equal to that length.
With the pants still inside out, I used a seam ripper to open a gap a few inches wide in the top seam of the pants.
Using the safety pin method again, I pulled the elastic through the waistband of the sweatpants until they came back out the gap I had ripped in the seam.
Once again, I pinned the ends of the elastic together and sewed it together with a zigzag stitch.
Once the elastic for the waistband was in place, I sewed up the gap I ripped in the top seam of the pants.
My plain sweatsuit has now been transformed into a cute drawstring crop top and trendy slouchy sweatpants with an elastic waistband. Let me know what you think of this cute set!
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