Oh. That's not good. I know! Eat more until it fits.
This is similar to what we're doing for some Saudi dresses. I ended up with some kind of thin lacy material for mine - its REALLY pretty fabric, but difficult to work with, even for a simple garment like this. I was going to serge the hem - uh, no. The Serger just will NOT work with fabric this flimsy. Gotta do a rolled hem instead. Oh joy - but at least I don't have to hand sew it! One of my (many) vintage sewing machines will knock that out in short order with a wide hemming foot.I'm trying to decide how to inexpensively fake khaleeji dresses for my dancers who don't want to buy one. I'm thinking big rectangular caftans made from a single length of chiffon or georgette with a square cut from the bottom of each side to simulate the sleeves and a session with the glue gun and glittering trim.
Here's what I do: Attempt at your own risk!!!!I hate sewing zil elastics as much as I used to hate sewing ballet slipper elastics. (insert gacking smilie) That's not hand sewing- that is finger torture.