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Introdução

With a few basic sewing skills, you can replace the elastic waist band of your favorite sleep pants or loungers. By adding elastic to a pair of sleep pants, you are able to obtain a different fit than the manufacture provides. This guide works on pants where the elastic is inside of the waistband; this is called a casing.

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    • Measure your waist by wrapping the cloth measuring tape around your body about two inches above your hip bones. Make sure the tape lays flat against your body.

    • Where the tape overlaps is your waist measurement.

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    • Measure the elastic to waist measurement plus one more inch to ensure room to sew. Mark the elastic for cutting.

    • Cut the elastic. Cut on the side away from your measured length.

    • Extra length is better than too little elastic.

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    • At the back of the waistband, use the seam ripper to break the threads of the waistband to create an opening.

    • Through the opening, pull out any ribbon or old elastic your are replacing.

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    • Tape the elastic to the end of a pencil or another straight object to guide the elastic.

    • Carefully insert the pencil and elastic into the casing through the opening you made.

    • Pin the back edge of the elastic to the sleep pants. This stops the entire elastic piece from going through the waistband.

    • Push the entire length of the pencil into the casing until the elastic starts going through the casing.

    • Continue to pull gently, until the pencil and elastic are out of the other side of the opening where you started.

    • Remove the pencil and tape from the elastic.

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    • Overlap both ends of the elastic the extra inch you included for sewing. Secure with two pins.

    • Using thread and a needle to sew the elastic together.

    • For strength, overlap two stitches to form an X pattern. Repeat the length of the elastic.

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    • Before sewing the seams closed, distribute any bunched fabric.

    • Remove bunched fabric by: pulling your hands apart gently and stretch the elastic to the full size of the cloth waistband.

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    • Stabilize elastic from moving by stitching at the vertical seams. Add one or two stitches at the seams to hold the elastic from moving within the casing.

    • Sew the opening you made closed.

Conclusão

Enjoy your newly fitted sleep pants.

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