Don't let this happen to you! I was able to convert the drawstring waist on this outfit for my daughter to an elastic one! Click on through to learn how.
Drawstring Waist Into An Elastic WaistThis little toddler sari came to use from my husband's aunt. It's a 'cheater sari' meaning that the petticoat and and sari portion are already sewn together. The same method will work for any draw string skirt/ chaniya.
Note: (I realize I'm turning into my mom here!): Once the skirt has an elastic waist, you must use safety pins to hold the sari/dupatta/scarf etc in place. The elastic waist doesn't have the same 'holding power' as a drawstring waist does, and the pleats will start to fall out as soon as your little one gets moving.
hand sewed it down using matching thread while keeping the elastic taught.
That's it! The great thing is that it's easily removable, so she'll be able to wear it next year too. Here's a good shot of what the sari looks like from the side. The sari portion of the dress is attached to the skirt at the center front, and goes all the way back and over the shoulder.