I bought a really cute pair of shorts yesterday that fit everywhere but the waist. Don't ya hate that? Good thing I can sew! I salvaged a piece of elastic from an old pair of adjustable pants that belonged to my daughter and added it to the inside of my waistband for a quick fix. The salvaged elastic was perfect because it has button holes sewn right in!
Here's what I did:
*I just used my seam ripper to make a couple of slits in the facing of my waistband.
*Added a button beside one of the slits.
*Fed the elastic through using a safety pin.
*Hand-stitched the elastic down to the facing on the end without the button (so you can't see the stitching on the outside of the shorts.
*And that's it! I can pull the elastic to make it more snug (or
not) as I need.
Really, I probably could have made it a bit wider so that you'd be less likely to notice the bit of gather in the back, but with my shirt down it's not terribly noticeable. Or, it would have been cool to have done this all the way around like my kid's pants are, but there were buttons and seams in the way.
Anyway, hope you all can use this tip!