This is the dress that was the inspiration for using a rubber band to restyle tops and dresses to create more shaping, visual interest and a change of hemline. This method saved a number of my clothing items from the recycling bag. Thanks to a colleague this technique has been named the ‘Kimtuck’
After losing some weight my favourite dress looked rather shapeless and unflattering. While playing with the fabric by pulling, twisting and moving it about I had a light bulb moment – ‘What if I tied it on the inside with a rubber band?’
The dress on the right above shows the result of much experimenting. I loved the result and started experimenting on different tops and tunics.
I am an H body shape and do not have a defined waist so my aim was to create the illusion of some definition of shape. My narrowest point is at the top of my ribcage under my bust so that is approximately where I wanted the rubber band to sit. This creates a ruching effect.
Step by Step Rubber Band Restyling
Place a finger where you think tying off might work. This is all about experimenting and redoing.
Keep the finger in position while bringing the bottom of the garment up towards your chest so you can expose the reverse side where your finger is located.
Pinch and pull the piece of fabric where you are going to place the rubber band.
Wind the rubber band around the fabric. Make sure it is tight. I have found that you need to wind the rubber band at a minimum distance of 2 – 3mm from the end. This ensures the band will not come off and result in a wardrobe malfunction.
Check the end result to see if the placement and look is right for you. Repeat the process if necessary. I sometimes need to do this a few time to find the placement that gives the desired look.
Remember to carry spare rubber bands in your purse in case the one you’re wearing breaks.
Some more examples:
– Kim Williams