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Topic: Waistbands on jeans/pants - reconstructing  (Read 396 times)
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« on: February 28, 2008 06:57:07 AM »

I have a few pairs of jeans/pants that I would be able to fit in well, as the hip area is fine, but the waistband is a little too small to be comfortable.

I'm not too 'up' on the construction of most clothing items, but from what I can see when looking at them, the waistband appears to be a separate piece that was sewn in place at the top of the main body of the jeans/pants.  The band on jeans looks easier to take off, as it appears to be sewn OVER the main part...the band on pants appears to be sewn IN the pants.

How hard is it to remove a waistband, modify it to add at most 2 inches, then reattach?  Any other help on making this process easier?

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2008 07:05:38 AM »

Most jeans have at least double stitching that you can see, there's often a third row hidden in the middle, so it's a lot of ripping. But, denim holds it's shape pretty well, so it's fairly easy to figure out inserts. That being said, all those layers are a lot to get through, some sewing machines aren't up to it and if you go at it by hand I hope you have good leather gloves.

Personally? I've been sewing for nearly 30 years and not once have I even bothered to take in or let out the waist of jeans, it's a lot of work that is hard on hands & machine- I would rather spend the time shopping till I find a brand & cut that fits.
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