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How to Stretch Out the Elastic Waist on Tights

author image Celeigh O'Neil
Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.
How to Stretch Out the Elastic Waist on Tights
Woman stretching out the elastic of her tights. Photo Credit: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Tights are a timeless addition to both casual and more formal styles; they allow for added warmth while streamlining a look. Tights are well fitted in order to avoid bulk underneath clothing. As sizing varies between brands, some tights may fit well in the leg while being a bit too snug at the waist. The elastic waist on a pair of tights can be stretched out at home to create a more comfortable fit.

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Step 1

Place the tights in a bucket.

Step 2

Fill the bucket with cold water, covering the tights completely.

Step 3

Allow the tights to soak for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the tights from the water and gently ring them out.

Step 5

Stuff an old T-shirt into the waist of the tights.

Step 6

Add another T-shirt and some socks if necessary in order to stretch the waist to the maximum the tights will allow; however, avoid over-stuffing, as this may cause runs in the fabric.

Step 7

Hang the tights to dry over top of a clothesline or railing.

Step 8

Allow the tights to air dry and set for six hours in order to permanently stretch them.

Step 9

Remove the stuffing from the tights.

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