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« on: September 01, 2008 09:29:22 AM »

Hello and thanks for your help.
I have these really pretty denim pants that are the perfect length and fit like a dream in the thighs, hips and butt area. They do not, however, fit at the waist. I can get the zipper almost all the way up comfortably, but I can't even get the button to touch the button hole. This always happens! I think I find the perfect pair of pants and then something goes wrong. Is trying to fix this a lost cause? Will I have to maternitypantsersize them?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2008 03:29:47 PM »

Are the slacks or are they jeans?
Jeans are the most difficult garment to alter because of the way they are constructed. All those separate pieces, the triple stitching, the fabric thickness contribute to being a complicated pain to make changes to.

Slacks or dress pants, on the other hand, are much easier because they are lighter fabrics, less seaming, less separate pieces.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008 09:39:00 AM »

yes, they are jeans. I see what you mean. Thanks for the info!
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008 09:28:30 PM »

hmmm, I haven't tried this, it's just a 'popped in my head' type of idea...
Could you open up the side seams at the waist, and a little way down, and insert a 'V' of fabric?  Similar to how some people convert jeans into a skirt.  Too bad they're not too long - you'd be able to use the same fabric for the V's.  If you plan to wear your shirts untucked it might be worth a try.

I actually have some jeans in my recon pile that are too tight in the waist, I may try this, myself.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008 05:26:11 AM »

Depending on how low cut they are already, it might be worthwhile to drop the waist on them (removing the too tight area). 

This would requiring removing the zipper and putting in a shorter one.  Along with this you could remove the waistband entirely and finish the top with a bias binding instead (in either denim or a contrasting fabric).  One of my most favourite pairs of jeans was finished this way. 

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008 04:26:22 PM »

You could try replacing the waistband.  Get a pair of jeans from the thrift store with a waist band that fits.  Remove the waist band from both pairs of jeans a replace the small waist band with the one that fits. 
For a quick fix, get a small ponytail holder, round stretchy kind,  hook onto button then thread through buttonhole then place back over button. Works great for those bloated days also.
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008 12:30:24 AM »

Regarding removing the waistband - before the low rise jeans became popular, I knew some girls who cut off the waistband so that their belly button piercings would show.
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