I was ready to give up on it, but then I compared it to my other, non-superelastic, skirts and realized I might just be able to DIY Dacey that b***ch.
So I took out the elastic waist and replaced it with a drawstring waist. It involved a decent amount of sewing by hand and making nervous cuts, but it worked! And now I have a skirt that it doesn't float up, fold, or squeeze me to death! Click read more to free yourself from elastic torture.
At least I feel better knowing it was meant to be worn uncomfortably high and tight. I'm (probably) not just squeezing myself into a too-small skirt.
- Elastic waist skirt (or pants, which I think would work the same way)
- String/cord/fabric/hemp - something to make your drawstring out of (pictured is the only ribbon I had that was thin enough to use for this project - I later found a better cord that I used instead)
Chop straight down the middle of the top of the skirt. This is where your drawstrings will come out of, so make sure you do it in the middle (or the back - wherever you want the strings to come out and be tied).
Cut sparingly - only as far down until you've made it through the entire elastic band. If the elastic band separates from the fabric of the skirt that's even better - just cut that out, leave as much of the skirt material alone as possible.
Pull the piece of elastic out of the skirt waist.
If it's attached in two places (like mine was) just cut the elastic-to-material attachment threads (do your best not to cut the actual skirt at all, sewing up holes is not fun).
Here's what the skirt looked like without the elastic.
Thread your needle and sew up your opening. You want to sew straight up and leave a little room at the top (or in the middle, it's really up to you) for your drawstring to come through. It's best to leave more room than you think - you can always sew it tighter as I do in Step 6.
You could do Step 5 before Step 6 if you wanted to avoid threading the drawstring through a smaller opening (I didn't because I didn't want to be hassled by a cord as I was sewing) - up to you!
Here's where I switched to cord instead of lacy ribbon. Much better.
Simply push the cord through the hole. You might run into a few snags, but it's pretty straightforward as long as you keep at it.
Take a few extra moments to sew up and down all the way to the drawstring opening - you don't want the cord to be able to slip out in the laundry or when you're wearing it. For safe keeping I also knotted the ends of the cord.
Try the skirt on and make sure there aren't any other weird holes that need to be sewed up before you wear it out in public. Mine had a little crotch peep hole that I had to sew closed before it was finished.
When you put the skirt on it should be super loose, so you just tie yourself in with your drawstrings and go off into your beautiful day