Last year I bought this extremely comfortable pair of cotton capri's. This year they are way too big. I'm not big on removing a million seams to make pants smaller, but I have read blogs where it can be done. I wanted an EASIER and FASTER way to make the waist smaller on these capri's. I need them for our trip to Disney.
This is how big they were on me:
Pull the elastic around your waist so that it's snug but comfortable. Pin it to the inside band of the capri's about two inches from the button hole.
Then remove your pants (I put another pair on because I really don't need my neighbors to see me thru the dining room window sewing in my undies... ha), find the center of your elastic and pin that to the center of your capri's:
Here are the settings I wound up using with the zig-zag stitch, I do not have any fancy needles or anything:
a great article about sewing elastic, which is what I read before trying it myself. Again, let me point out, I did not use any fancy thread, needle or elastic, I just used what I already had laying around.
After you sew your elastic in, you have to reattach your belt loops, which goes pretty quickly. And then your capri's that were once too big now FIT!