How to keep your dress from riding up — stretchy bodycon edition

Today’s “refashion” doesn’t have many photos, since I made it over two years ago. I only have pictures of the finished product.

Secure sweater dress from... 2011? Thereabouts.

Secure sweater dress from… 2011? Thereabouts. Jeez I needed to vacuum. Boo, past self. Boo.

P.S. I swear that photo isn’t shopped. The edges are all blurry because of my crappy camera and the fact that I was wobbling, trying to keep that ridiculously over-exaggerated back curve. Oh, past vanities.

It was pretty simple — take an oversized v-neck cotton sweater and sew it down to size — but it has one interesting feature that I hope women will find useful. And that’s a modified hem.

I do this all the time with my winter tunic dresses, actually, refashioned or no. It’s easy: Take the hem, open it up at the side seam and insert elastic, or (preferably) bungee cord. Elastic by itself may have too much stretch and not enough snap-back to work: My solution when I don’t have bungee cord lying around is to use 1/2 elastic and 1/2 ribbon ties. The ties keep everything nice and tight, while the elastic allows me to actually move my legs and walk and stuff. Plus it makes a cute bow.

I use this all the time.

Elastic sewn to the inside.

Elastic sewn to the inside. Sometimes I thread it through and just secure the edges, sometimes I secure the whole length. Whatever I’m feeling.

Another example; see, elastic on one side, ribbon on the other. (Normally you wouldn't have a hole there where the elastic could peek out. The only hole should be on the ribbon side.)

Another example; see, elastic on one side, ribbon on the other. (Normally you wouldn’t have a hole there where the elastic could peek out. The only hole should be on the ribbon side, where you can tie it into a cute bow.)

Because there’s nothing fun about wearing a short, sexy skirt and having to worry about your butt cheeks hanging out. I’ve found that even with longer skirts, this is an issue if you want to do anything other than sitting demurely in the corner, and I hate it. I wanna swing-dance in my bodycon tank dress! I wanna run in my sweater dress! I want it all, and I’ll be damned if I have to compromise between feeling sexy and having fun.

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