Thursday, April 5, 2018

Making Tight Shorts Fit

Hello Readers. I have been using up fabric scraps lately and today's post is no exception. I used some tiny pieces from my last refashion to expand the waistband on a pair of denim shorts.
 Do you ever have trouble finding pants that fit in the waist and the hips? It seems like they never work together to fit all of me. The hips might fit but the waist doesn't, and vice versa. This post is about making pants work for you.

I started a simple pair of denim shorts from the thrift store. This idea would work on a pair of jeans too. The waistband was too tight for my friend Abigail. She asked me to  fix them for her and she had an idea planned out.

The waist is so small, who can fit in here?

She wanted me to insert some extra fabric into the waist to make these shorts more comfortable. I agreed, it was a great idea and I wanted to see how it would work.
I cut the sides right at the existing seams. I am going to add fabric to both sides of the shorts right inside these cuts. 

I cut 2 triangular shapes from the leftover scraps from the denim dress I was working on recently.  I made them a bit larger than I needed so there was extra for a 1/4" seam allowance.

 I used my sewing machine to stitch these little denim triangles into the shorts. It was easy-peasy until.......

 My machine jammed up and it wouldn't budge. I was stuck and in need of a sewing machine doctor. 

 It's OK. I know a guy. If you need sewing machine repair, he can help. His website is on the bottom of the card. He had my machine back in shape in no time.

 I liked the dark denim with the lighter colored denim. I finished the shorts and got them to my friend Abigail.

She tried them on and they fit so well. They look really cool too. 

I hope this idea works for you. Let me know if you try it. Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

*Year end update- These shorts were for someone else, but she really liked them when she got them.


KD said...

A very useful trick for enlarging the waist & upper hip of jeans and pants! I sometimes use wedges cut from left-over knit collars of polo shirts that I refashioned. The collars can often be found in colors to match the jeans or pants. A knit insert provides a little more give, so I can use a smaller less obvious insert. Thank you sharing this very useful fix!

I Can Work With That said...

Hi KD. I love your clever idea. The collar would be more sturdy than most knits. It would really hold up well.
Happy sewing to you!