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« on: May 14, 2011 03:43:38 PM »

Hi! I have a super stretchy adult tank top that I want to turn into a dress for a 2 year old but I don't know her waist size and thats the only part I'm not sure how to make fit her. I was going to just add a tie at the waist that would make a bow in the back so her mom could tie it to her size but then I realized the fabric would gather too much in the back. Does anyone have any ideas how I can make the waist smaller but still stretchy or a little bit adjustable?

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011 06:00:51 PM »

I suppose you could try shirring the waistline - I've never done it, though, so am not sure if you can do it successfully on a stretchy knit.  But I think a few lines of shirring around the waistline would allow for it to be as big or little as needed . . .
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011 09:53:15 AM »

You could take the whole thing in at the sides. Sew a new seam along each side that comes in at the waist a bit, then add your ties to the sides.

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2011 06:14:30 PM »

could you ask her mum to measure her for you ?

« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011 12:25:52 PM »

I also suggest shirring with elastic thread in the bobbin. It will take it in a ton, but be super stretchy to accomodate any size.

You could also get some of the elastic with the buttonholes in it and make a casing for the elastic around the waist, then sew a couple buttons on the inside and then the mother can adjust as necessary just like in store-bought toddler pants with the adjustable waists.
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