#144 – Peasant Shirt Redo

Peasant Shirt Redo
I found this cute little cotton peasant shirt at Target this weekend. I liked everything about it except that it had elastic in the hem. I’m sorry but if you are not a rail thing thing a shirt that blouses up over an elastic hem is not the most attractive thing.
Peasant Shirt with elastic waist
I figured removing the elastic wouldn’t be a big deal, just cut open the hem in one spot & pull out the elastic. Of course nothing is ever that easy is it. The elastic was actually sewn into the hem to prevent it from twisting. So, I ended up having to take out the whole hem, cut the stitches holding in the elastic & them resewing the whole hem. Not a hard project by any means but more time consuming than I had planned. It was worth is though because the shirt is really cute without the elastic & may become a staple in my summer wardrobe.

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5 Comments to #144 – Peasant Shirt Redo
    • Psychgrad
    • I have a shirt that is kind of like this. I don't mind the elastic except it has completely twisted inside. I'm assuming, then, that it's not sewn into the hem. Maybe I should go ahead and do it myself.

    • Melanie
    • I’m afraid that’s what I’ve just come up against. I have to take the whole hem apart to then pick out the elastic stitching? The fabric is kind of gauzy – how likely am I to destroy the blouse? (I’m not an experienced sewer by any means.) Thank you for any help or advice you can give me.

      • Kat
      • You’ll have to pick the stitches really carefully and not catch the fabric. Get out your reading glasses and work under a strong light. My only other worry is you can see the holes from the stitching when you are done. If that happens, I’ve found that iron with steam or a spray bottle of water can help. Of course, I say this without know exactly what the fabric is.

    • Christine
    • Melanie-

      Sounds like we bought the same type shirt- i bought 3 from Rainbow and i love them except that they have that weird elastic hem- close to but not right at the bottom. It makes the shirt “poof” out and it is not really attractive or flattering. going to try this tonight and see if i cant pull out a few stitches and see if it “releases” the hem enough to look more flattering

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