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Posted on: 10/15/08 4:21 PM
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Before starting you need to cut a piece of buttonhole elastic that goes around the child's waist minus 2 inches. Example: My little sister's waist is 20 1/2 inches. So, I would cut a piece of buttonhole elastic 18 1/2 inches.

After doing this, follow these steps: Step 1 & 2 (the buttonholes are sewn 3 to 4 inches away from side seam), Step 3 & 4, Step 5 & 6, and Step 7 & 8.

This is a nice way of making the waist size adjustable. As the child grows you can make the waist bigger as needed.

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Shirley Lea said... (7/2/12 1:31 PM) Reply
Great explanation--is there any way to keep the elastic from just popping away into the casing by mistake?
Barbara V said... (9/17/09 0:12 AM) Reply
Excellent tutorial! I didn't even know of this product. THANK YOU!
Annette1 said... (9/16/09 9:40 PM) Reply
This is a great idea, and you've shown every step perfectly, making it SOOOOOOO easy for even ME to follow along! :o)
KathyBKnits said... (7/2/09 7:46 PM) Reply
Thanks--what a great idea for kids' clothes!
SewSara said... (6/8/09 12:48 PM) Reply
Thank you! This tutorial is great!
mayday said... (5/4/09 4:56 PM) Reply
Thank you for this tutorial! It was just the information that I needed.
quathy said... (10/24/08 5:47 PM) Reply
thank you!!! i need to adjust most of my tall and slender daughter's pants - these visuals you've provided are invaluable and will save me tons of time!
newlywedws said... (10/20/08 11:35 PM) Reply
I've never seen this type of elastic, but what an interesting concept!
JoaniesJosh said... (10/18/08 7:22 PM) Reply
Keep sewing Meggie. Your tips are great. I've been sewing a long time, but I still like to read other's tips.
marycds said... (10/18/08 7:18 PM) Reply
How clever. This would be great for maternity clothes too. I will be using this.
sewtime said... (10/18/08 0:15 AM) Reply
Wow, thank you for this tutorial, very nice!
EleanorSews said... (10/17/08 11:40 AM) Reply
Nicely done. With great nieces at a great distance, this is a clever way to do a skirt and not worry about fit too much.
Jeanninem said... (10/16/08 10:42 AM) Reply
Great review. You are incredibly talented.
CindyK said... (10/16/08 9:59 AM) Reply
Just got some of this elastic to alter some of my skinny GS's pants (He moved up to the size that doesn't come with it). This will be a great help.
jeanharville said... (10/16/08 9:34 AM) Reply
What a good idea. Thanks for sharing.
Kirstenw said... (10/16/08 1:42 AM) Reply
I have GDs and this is an excellent tip
Tov said... (10/15/08 8:02 PM) Reply
Thanks! I've seen this elastic but never knew what to do with it :) Great tutorial.
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