You guys! I finished a mending* project thanks to something I learned on the internets!
So, I’ve had this vintage beaded skirt for years, but never really wore it because the elastic waist was SO stretched out. Even a belt wouldn’t keep this sucker up.
Step 1: Remove the thread from the waistband. I used a seam ripper, but it still wasn’t as easy as it looked in the video. Dangit.
Step 2: Open up a section of the waistband casing (that’s a TECHNICAL term, you know) and cut the old elastic inside before pulling it out through the opening.
Step 3: Insert new, stretchy elastic into the waistband. I didn’t measure the elastic because that seemed too much like the right thing to do, I just stretched it around my waist and guessed.
Step 4: Sew the ends of the new elastic together and stitch the opening in the casing shut.
Even with the double row of stitching through the elastic, it was a fairly easy project! And I love the result:
Isn’t the beading pretty? It’s like getting new clothes without going shopping!
Yay for me and learning from the intergoogle! I already have another project in mind…
*I literally have a basket of mending like ladies had in Ye Olden Days. I’m 80.