While thrifting for dresses, I always come across super cute frocks that are just too big in size. An easy solution to getting these dresses to fit better is adding elastic to the waist. Not only is this a super quick and easy method to getting a snugger look, but it's also very comfortable because the elastic stretches and can grow/shrink with your waistline if needed. Here's a little tutorial that teaches you to add elastic to a garment's waist. P.S. I also hemmed my dress and was going to add instructions to do this, but totally messed up =( sorry guys!
-Dress you want to add elastic to
-3/4 inch elastic
1. Measure your waist. Cut your elastic 4 inches smaller than your waist measurement. 2. Pin the ends of your elastic together to form a loop. Mark off 4 equal sections on the elastic. Each pin will represent either the side seams or center front/back of the garment. 3. Mark off the center front and center back of your dress using pins. If there is not a waistline seam on your dress then you can kind of create your own - Measure up from the hem to where your waistline will be, then mark a horizontal line with pins or tailor chalk to represent the waist. 4. Flip the top of your dress inside and lay flat. You will want the line where you are sewing your elastic to be at the edge. Start sewing your elastic at the side seam. While sewing, pull your elastic to match up the pin to either center front or back (depending which side seam you started at.) Continue sewing and pulling the elastic to match the pins with the remaining center pin and side seams. Flip the dress right sides out and press with a steaming iron.