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to a drawstring gone bad
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Date: 8/24/12 10:04 AM

So I'm making This Butterick pattern, with the drawstring top.
The pattern gives terrible instructions for the drawstring. They have you sew a tube and expect you to turn it!! Yeah, maybe on a size 2! My size 16 drawstring no way. It was late, I wasn't thinking and ruined it. I have no more fabric. I like the top, so next time I'll just make a narrower strip, and press it towards center, and over again, and stitch down. But in the meantime....

Is there a creative solution? The fabric is a teal chambray, which has black threads on the cross weave - but it's overall teal color. I'm just stumped. If nothing surfaces I can just remove the casing and insert elastic on the underside, but I really wanted a drawstring!

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Date: 8/24/12 10:09 AM

This pattern is for me, thanks!

Since the drawstring is such a small part of an interesting design, would an interesting contrast in color, even texture, work for it? Maybe even more...chic...than the same fabric?

I look forward to a review, love the fabric you described, too.

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Date: 8/24/12 10:24 AM

Just so that I don't make the same mistake you did, what exactly happened? Why is it hard to turn a size 16 tube, and how did you permanently ruin it by trying?

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Date: 8/24/12 10:44 AM

Can you thread a quarter inch or half inch elastic through it and sew the ends of the drawstring to it? That way, you would get the drawstring look and the gathering without the hassle.

Instead of the expensive Fasturn set, I bought a plastic version at JoAnn's for about $5. It works very well and if you use a coupon, it's even cheaper.

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Date: 8/24/12 10:50 AM

Do you have any fabric left? I'd make the hidden part of the drawstring in some other fabric and just do the ends (that will show) out of scraps of the real fabric.

Or use a piece of cording and put beads on the end.

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Date: 8/24/12 11:07 AM

I'd use a contrasting fabric, or dye some plain cording. I LOVE this pattern, especially the waist and back detail. Very chic.

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Date: 8/24/12 11:08 AM

There's already some great ideas for salvaging the drawstring. For future reference on turning a long tube, I have the opening in the middle of the tube instead of the end. So it's like I'm turning two smaller tubes instead of one super long one.

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Date: 8/24/12 11:14 AM

Oh, what a cutie top!

Put elastic where the drawstring would go. If you have a scrap left from the fabric, you can turn a little tube and tack a "fake bow" on.

Nhi, great idea: leaving the gap in the middle of the tube. Brilliant!

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Date: 8/24/12 12:34 PM

AAHHH, thanks ladies!! Yes, I managed to get enough of the ends to turn, so I could use a different fabric for the part that won't show.

What went wrong? For one, the tube is too long, even for the pattern, but I didn't want to cut it too short, especially since I placed the casing further down on the hip than the pattern called for.
You fold a narrow strip in half lengthwise, then sew that with a 3/8 in seam, then trim. They show leaving an unstitched section to pull through. Even if you place that unstitched section toward the middle, the two ends are still too long! This being a thicker cotton, and a narrow tube, it's impossible to even stick a long skinny bodkin in there with say a hard string tied to the other end, and pull it back. The cotton has too much friction. Perhaps with a satin, yes, but not chambray!

I have the Fast turn set, and the sticks just are not long enough. I used that for the ends, making new openings that would allow the fabric to fit on the fast turn stick. then tried to create another tube from there, picking and pulling, using some of those alligator clip end scissors looking things, lol. I picked and pulled too hard on some parts and ruined it.

But, yeah, maybe I have enough turned ends to attach another fabric to those and pull that through the casing. Duh. It was late, I was tired and totally didn't think of that!
I do like this pattern!

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Date: 8/24/12 1:27 PM

I was up at the cabin tying to insert elastic without a bodkin, and it wasn't easy. I went out and unscrewed the antennae of my car and used that. It was plenty long. But my fabric was pretty rugged, too, and there was plenty of room in the casing.
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