When I saw this BB, I knew just the garment that needed some help. After fixing it I feel embarrassed I was living with a messed up drawstring all this time! (Years...) I always imagined it would be easy to fix but I guess I just needed something like this BB to finally make me take the leap. Thank you for that ;)
When the drawstring first slipped into the waistband, I had placed a safety pin to keep it from falling farther into the abyss. I got these pants when I was young and ignorant (okay, maybe I'm still young and ignorant) so I felt a bit helpless at this point. (Feel free to laugh at me) This was the best fix I could think of at the time.
Well, now I'm not as young and ignorant and had been meaning to fix it by fishing out the drawstring with a crochet hook, but never did it... until today! After watching the video linked in this BB I felt so silly I had a safety pin ON MY PANTS all this time and could had fixed it that way... but regardless I decided to fish it out with a crochet hook since it wasn't too far gone. It worked quite well and only took a little bit of finagling. :)
Then, I put a double knot into each side of the string to prevent it from slipping back into the waistband. The ribbon is quite slick, so I'll see if it's sufficient or not.