jeans-how to take waist?

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I have some men's jeans that are now 1.5-2 inches too big in the waist.
However, in the back, the waist band in jeans is usually continuous, rather
than split like in regular men's pants. How do I take in the waist? (The
seat is fine and does not need taking in.) Thanks in advance/



Re: jeans-how to take waist?
 
jeans-how to take waist?  
 
<(Michael=A0Volow)>
<I have some men's jeans that are now 1.5-2 inches too big in the waist.
However, in the back, the waist band in jeans is usually continuous,
rather than split like in regular men's pants. How do I take in the
waist? (The seat is fine and does not need taking in.)
---
    The best solution I have found for this alteration:
   SInce the waistband needs taking in, and not the body of the jeans, I
add elastic. to gently ease the band to fit the waist. Here is a quick
way to do this:
   Make two slits --on the inside only-- of the waistband, about 4 to 6
inches away from center back, on each side.  DIstance of slit from
center back, towards the side depends on the stretch of your elastic,
and the amount you need to pull the waistband in. Do not cut into the
topstitching.
  You can hand stitch around the edges of the slits at this point, to
stabilize and prevent fraying. I found a buttonhole stitch to bulky, so
used a simple backstitch around the edges, then overedged with a whip
stitch.
  You could use Fray-Block* if you're not into hand sewing.
   The elastic should just fit inside the waistband topstitching, but do
use a wide elastic. Thread a good-sized safety pin onto both elastic
ends, and push the elastic through the band. Pull a bit out of one end
of one slit, and hold securely while you stitch it in place.  I match
the thread to the jean color, and run two simple rows of stitching,
top-to-bottom of band.
  Try on pants, adjust other end of elastic to fit, then remove the last
safety pin and stitch elastic in place.
   If you find the elastic wants to curl or tunnel, or if it creates too
much bunching, topstitch it in place, stretching as you stitch, using a
long straight stitch.
   You might want to put the elastic into the side seams instead on the
back seam; a consideration if you need to reduce the waistband a good
amount. It looks tidier if you divide the amount between two sides. HTH.
                               Cea


Re: jeans-how to take waist?
Thanks, that's a great idea.


jeans-how to take waist?

<(Michael Volow)>
<I have some men's jeans that are now 1.5-2 inches too big in the waist.
However, in the back, the waist band in jeans is usually continuous,
rather than split like in regular men's pants. How do I take in the
waist? (The seat is fine and does not need taking in.)
---
    The best solution I have found for this alteration:
   SInce the waistband needs taking in, and not the body of the jeans, I
add elastic. to gently ease the band to fit the waist. Here is a quick
way to do this:
   Make two slits --on the inside only-- of the waistband, about 4 to 6
inches away from center back, on each side.  DIstance of slit from
center back, towards the side depends on the stretch of your elastic,
and the amount you need to pull the waistband in. Do not cut into the
topstitching.
  You can hand stitch around the edges of the slits at this point, to
stabilize and prevent fraying. I found a buttonhole stitch to bulky, so
used a simple backstitch around the edges, then overedged with a whip
stitch.
  You could use Fray-Block* if you're not into hand sewing.
   The elastic should just fit inside the waistband topstitching, but do
use a wide elastic. Thread a good-sized safety pin onto both elastic
ends, and push the elastic through the band. Pull a bit out of one end
of one slit, and hold securely while you stitch it in place.  I match
the thread to the jean color, and run two simple rows of stitching,
top-to-bottom of band.
  Try on pants, adjust other end of elastic to fit, then remove the last
safety pin and stitch elastic in place.
   If you find the elastic wants to curl or tunnel, or if it creates too
much bunching, topstitch it in place, stretching as you stitch, using a
long straight stitch.
   You might want to put the elastic into the side seams instead on the
back seam; a consideration if you need to reduce the waistband a good
amount. It looks tidier if you divide the amount between two sides. HTH.
                               Cea




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