back to school adjustments...

Aug 18, 2011

i always end up with 2 tiny problems when back to school shopping/thrifting/hand-me-down sifting... the waist bands in the skirts and finding jeans that fit {harder than it looks} i have slightly long and lanky kids so you can't just go down a size because then everything just shrinks shorter... i LOVE the adjustable elastic waist bands that are found in some clothing lines, but not everything has the "magic waistband", and what about thrifting something adorable but slightly too big?

 i have come up with a plan {its super easy} to fix skirts, shorts, even some pants... and it even helps use up those elastic scraps we always have left over...

 find a scrap from 1/2 to 2/3 the  width of the back of your skirt

stitch down one side as close to the side seam as possible...

do the same to the other end, it should look like this...

set your machine to a wide zig-zag...
{does anyone else see what i see? ;)}

put your foot down and needle in before you stretch, then stitch!

when you let go, it will gather!

super easy! now she doesnt have to wait to wear this super cute hand-me-down skirt from her cousin

 Cora wanted in on the photo shoot...

"um, excuse me miss, are those new school shoes you are wearing?!"

oops, someone forgot to dispose of the evidence... 



  1. I totally adore that leafy fabric. too cute! Thanks for your comment on the Junebug dress, that totally made me laugh! I can't wait to see it, if you do make one! love the blog, too. :)

  2. MisslismarieSeptember 04, 2011

    really great idea I will use that for sure.

  3. nonsensicalnonsenseofmeAugust 22, 2012

    I just used this tutorial for one of my own skirts. It worked! Thanks.


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