Well no more, internet! I have decided to take back my closet. Some things will have to be professionally tailored but others I have been inspired to fix myself thanks to my new best friend Ashley. Okay, so I've never actually met Ashley but I've taken her blog out for coffee a number of times and I'm totally smitten. Read it, she's awesome!
Okay, enough background. I started the assault on my closet with this too-big wool skirt:
I got it the fall after I had Emily and by the next year could no longer wear it. I know, I know, curse me for losing the baby-weight. What I could not lose was this skirt. It is an absolute work wardrobe staple so I've been wearing it with a giant safety pin along each side seam for a few years now. I was sort of afraid to have it taken in for real because, well, I'm a woman. The weight could come back at any second thanks to bloating, or medication, or an irresistible cheesecake. But then, I had an epiphany - elastic!
I laid out the skirt and marked off eight inches in the middle of the back waist. This is where the elastic will attach. Then I cut a six inch piece of elastic:
Next I made a slit in the inner fabric of the waistband where each of my chalk marks are. By inner fabric I mean the part that sits against my skin. I then attached a large safety pin to the loose end of the elastic and began feeding it through the fabric tube that makes the waistband:
Basically, you wiggle and scrunch the fabric along the safety pin and elastic until the pin pops out the other side. You can see its shiny little head peeking out on the upper right corner of this photo:
I essentially took two inches off the waistband without having to actually give up the two inches. And I can finally wear this skirt without two bulges along the sides. Wee!