Add Shape With an Elastic Waistband

Chickie W.U.
by Chickie W.U.
2 Materials
30 Minutes

Hello Readers. I fell in love with this white floral dress when I saw it. The giant flowers in retro colors were so fun. It was a little loose but loose dresses are in. I just wanted a little more flattering shape. I can get that with a bit of elastic.

Before and after.

The loose flowy fit was something I liked about this dress but.. it felt like it was too much of a good thing. I could have added a belt but I had a better, stretchier idea.

This dress had a seam around the middle. I thought I could use that to change the shape of the dress just enough to make it more flattering.

Here is a look at the inside of the dress. That seam is going to help me out.

I had some 1/4 inch elastic and I thought I could stitch the elastic to the seam. I would not need to alter any other part of the dress. I could just add some elastic and get a better fitting waist to this dress.

I folded the dress in half so I could access the seam from the inside of the dress and look how the size of the elastic matches the size of the seam. This will work well.

I tugged on the elastic gently as I stitched with a zigzag stitch. I didn't need to make the waistband my exact measurements I just want to bring the waist band of the dress in a little so this will work out well guaranteed. I sewed around the waist seam of the dress and kept gently pulling the elastic.

When I had sewed all the way around my dress at the waist seam. I stitched back and forth for a few stitches to secure the elastic. I cut the elastic off and I was done. Your stitches don't have to be perfect, it will be hidden inside the dress.

My dress was done. The waist fits closer to my body but it still has a beautiful full skirt. The new more fitted waistband makes the dress more flattering because it goes in at the waist and the full skirt can hide any lumps and bumps that I want camouflaged. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.


Suggested materials:
  • Dress with a seam around the waist   (On-hand)
  • 1/4 inch Elastic   (Sewing Suppy Store)

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