Friday, April 16, 2021

The Gaping Waistband

 Hello Readers. I hate when jeans fit everywhere but the waistband. When the waistband gapes open in the back it feels like the pants will fall down or at least get saggy and need to be pulled up. I want my pants to stay up where they are supposed to be. 

These burgundy pants were a hand me down from my daughter. (She did a major closet clean out recently. I took all her unwanted clothes and put them in the refashion stash. This will help me reach my goal of spending no $ on refashions in 2021.) They fit well everywhere but the waist. The waist was too big and it just hung open in the back. I needed to fix this issue before I could wear these colored denim jeans. 

I came up with this way to alter pants at the waist when my kids were little. It is easy and fast and you don't need any extra supplies. I measured how much I needed to take the waist in. I made 2 tucks in the back of the pants. One tuck above each back pocket. I simply fold the pants and sew a triangle shape in the waistband.

I cut the extra fabric out of the way. You can leave it in place if it is comfortable for you to wear. It gets more comfortable after being washed and dried. When I used this technique on my kids pants I would leave the extra fabric in place so if my kids grew I could take out the stitches and enlarge the waistband again.

You can see the 2 small tucks here. I try to center the tucks above each back pocket. It makes any jeans or pants fit and feel better when the waist fits better. I don't think anyone has ever noticed the alteration when I am wearing the pants.

These pants were a great match for this striped shirt. It was white and burgundy striped but I dyed it pink a few years ago. 

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself. 

***Chickie's Year End Review-These jeans did not last long with the Covid snacking. Oh, well.

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