I thrifted this linen slip dress a little while back and decided that it just needed a few small alterations (like a gathered elastic waist and some strap shortening) to make it something cute and summery. So here is how I do an easy gather around the middle!
note: you will also need a sewing machine!
2> figure out where you want your gather on your garment. I measured about 9.5 inches down from the armpit hem.
3> flip your garment inside out and have the front of it facing up.
5> using a zig zag stitch sew your elastic down, pulling it taught to gather the fabric as you go.
6> once you get the front side done you can now just sew the elastic across the back joining it up with the beginning of the elastic. Back stitch to secure elastic and cut off any excess. Ta-da, now you are done and should have a semi-straight elasticy waist to enjoy! x Mandi