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Drawstrings that Stretch

Oct 17, 2008

submitted by T.C. Ferrito
from Threads #100

As an alterations professional and teacher, I always enjoy the opportunity to take apart my customers’ fine garments and discover how the expensive ready-to-wear designers do things. Here is one idea I’ve come across and adopted: Drawstrings on pants may look as though they’re made completely of fabric, but hidden inside that waistline casing the elastic takes over, making a garment more comfortable to wear and also accommodating minor weight changes. To make a partial-elastic drawstring, cut and sew a fabric drawstring 12 inches to 18 inches shorter that the pattern suggests. Cut the finished drawstring in half, and securely sew each cut end to a 12-inch to 18-inch strip of narrow elastic. For more stretch, lengthen the elastic, but don’t make it too long, or it will show when you tie the drawstrings.

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  1. User avater iamchet April 2nd

    That's a great idea! I am going to try that on the pj pants I am making for my Granddaughter! Thanks! Jenny

  2. User avater Sassykids October 11th

    OH what a great idea. I have a lot of PJ's to make and I'm going to use the this idea instead of just a drawstring.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Debbie

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