Hey, guys— it’s Katie here! I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about this before, but I just love embellishments and alterations. I adore taking something I already own but may not be super into, and turning it into something I frequently wear. It helps stave off my constant need to be shopping for new things… which my husband greatly appreciates. 😉
I scored this cute top at my favorite thrift store at the beginning of spring, but haven’t worn it. There is nothing wrong with it, I just never really loved the way it fit. I decided to do a pretty small alteration, and now it’s one of my favorites! Here’s what I did:
I suppose I should start with a “before” photo to give you a point of reference. Like I said, there was nothing wrong with this top. It was just another thing sitting in my closet that wasn’t getting worn.
Step Three: Pin your ironed hem. This will ensure the hem stays even as you run it through your sewing machine. Use your sewing machine to stitch along the top of the hem, leaving a small section unsewn (the circled section in the photo above).
Step Four: Measure your waist and cut a length of elastic to fit. Attach a paper clip or safety pin to the elastic. Thread the elastic strip through the hole of your hem and out the other side. Make sure to hold one end as you thread the elastic. Pin and stitch the elastic once you’ve made it through.
Turn your top right side out and you’re all finished!
And that’s it! I turned a shirt that wasn’t getting any love into a top I absolutely adore! I love pairing my cropped shirts with high-waisted skirts and shorts… and more than that, I love breathing new life into things I already own. Happy sewing! xo. Katie
Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited with Imogen from the Folk Collection.