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Oversized shirt or flowy dress feeling frumpy? Use this brilliant hack to make any shirt or dress tighter WITHOUT any sewing! You'll be mind-blown.

Do you have a shapeless shirt or flowy dress that you wish you could make more fitted without paying for alterations? I’m going to show you a brilliant trick to make any shirt or flowy dress tighter at the top, around the waist, or in the back! And all you need is a quarter and hair elastic. 😮

I’m so excited about this one! You guys are going to flip at how easy it is! 

Video Tutorial: How to Make a Shirt or Dress Tighter Without Sewing (Using the Coin Trick!)

Step by Step: How to Make a Shirt or Dress Tighter Using the Coin Trick

You will need:

  • a clear elastic
  • a coin (quarters work the best but you may use any size.)

Use this easy trick to cinch a shirt at the waist or make a flowy dress tighter at the top or in the back.

How to Create a Gather to Cinch Your Shirts or Dresses (Placing Coin on the Outside)

  1. Hold the coin against the outside of your top or dress. 
  2. With your other hand, open the elastic with your fingers.
  3. Reach under your top or dress, grab the coin with your elastic (over fabric).
  4. Tie it twice or three times so that it’s tight enough to stay. If desired, repeat with one or two more coins to create additional ruches beside it.

How to Create a Button to Add Definition & Character to Your Shirts or Dresses (Placing Coin on the Outside)

  1. Hold the coin against the inside of your top or dress. 
  2. With your other hand, open the elastic with your fingers.
  3. Grab the coin from the outside with your elastic (over fabric) and tie the elastic twice or three times so that it’s tight enough to stay.
  4. If desired, repeat with one or two more coins to create additional “buttons” beside it.

Easy trick for how to cinch a shirt with faux buttons in the back using coin and elastic

How to Use This Trick on Maternity Tops & Dresses

You can add an extra cute factor to your maternity tops and dresses with this hack! Here are two adorable ways to use it:

  1. Create a cinch or faux button right above your bump on a big shirt or flowy dress to “crown” your bump
  2. Create a cinch on both sides of your bump along the seam of your shirt to define your cute bump more

Your turn to try it! 

Take a picture of your end result and share it on Instagram with #frumpfighter and tag me @frumpfighters!

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Oversized shirt or flowy dress feeling frumpy? Use this brilliant hack to make any shirt or dress tighter WITHOUT any sewing! You'll be mind-blown.