Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to add a drawstring waist to a too big top - a no sew project

This project started out with this thrift store Ann Taylor jersey top. It was a little big and baggy (and unflattering) at the bottom - probably a size larger than I would normally wear. To remedy the fit, I grabbed my scissors and some rope and added a drawstring waistband.

Here it is now:

To add a drawstring waistband to an existing top, simply cut a small slit through one layer of the hem at the side seam, like this:

Cut a length of rope or ribbon long enough to go around your waist and tie. Pin a safety pin to one end of the rope and thread it into the opening that you created - it will go into the casing made from the hem. Thread it all the way around and out the other side. And that's it - no sewing involved!
Note: This works best with fabrics that don't fray, like jersey, since you are not finishing off the slit.


  1. I love this idea! I'm going to try it with ribbon :)

  2. Hey,

    Lovely tutorial. I customize my clothes all the time and I'm sure I'll use this idea eventually. :D

  3. Wow Its fantastic idea you share with us. I have many this type of log top so I defiantly make this type of tshirts. Its looks too good and amazing. I really like this post.

  4. i plan to be losing some winter weight REAL soon, lol, so this would be perfect for me to put to use for shirts I love but don't want to give up!