I'm starting a new category in the sidebar called "simple solutions." That's where the short little tip-oriented tutorials like the jeans fix will be stored. Today is an equally simple tutorial. It's the same idea, but a different application of it.
Do you ever have a cardigan or shirt that shrinks so that it's shorter and wider than before? Do you have a shirt you like, but isn't quite as fitted as it should be? Well, here's a quick fix.
I noticed that when I washed the cardigan from last week so I could send it, it shrunk a bit like that. I wanted to make sure it was still a cute, fitted cardigan, so I took matters into my own hands. I cut a 4-inch piece of thin elastic and sewed it into the back. This is done just like the jeans tutorial.
I always start in the middle, just to make sure I'm sewing it in centered. I pull the elastic tightly as I sew so it stretches, but the cardigan just feeds through the machine at a normal pace.
Then I sew the other side. I sewed two lines of elastic on this cardigan because I thought it looked kind of cute that way. Here's the inside. (Don't mind the black thread. I started by using black thread so you'd be able to see it in the pictures.)
Here's the outside look. Just a fun detail and a more fitted look.
Here's one tip that might be helpful. I would recommend drawing a line with that water soluble/erasable pencil where you want the elastic to go. Otherwise it can be tricky to sew it in exactly straight as you're pulling the elastic. I think this would also be really cute on a blouse/collared shirt. That's all for today.
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