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« on: July 22, 2011 10:44:24 PM »

Ok so heres my prob. I buy jeans to fit my waist comfortably unfortunetly I need a 22/24 waist and a 18/20 leg all my pants are super baggy in the thighs even skinny jeans  Shocked They fit well for 5 minutes after they get out of the dryer, and of course they fit perfect in the freaking dressing room. Then its all down hill it is so bad I have almost had them completely fall off soooo not cool lol. I don't go cheap when it comes to jeans I buy hydraulic brand and at $50-60 a pair I can't just pitch them, not that it would help as I always have this problem. I have 3 darling daughters so I'm on a paper thin budget and can't afford my area's pricey seamstresses/tailor $40 a pair !!!!!!!! to take in thighs seriously uh I don't think so I'm super desperate, I am ready to just do it and hope for the best but I figured I'd ask the gurus on here first Please help lol Thanks in advance
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011 12:07:52 PM »

Okay... This isn't too hard. For the first pair, use a pair you're willing to sacrifice or turn into a skirt because you may make mistakes, but this is the process.

You'll need a helper, safety pins and chalk to mark them up, then pins, scissors, et cetera. Turn the jeans inside out and put them on, zipped up and buttoned. You're going to alter the inseam, so have your helper pinch the excess fabric on your inner thigh until it feels comfortable. Once it feels comfortable, mark it and safety pin it in position. Work down both legs. Take the safety pins out, take the jeans off and still inside out, connect the chalk marks in a smooth line.

Before anything gets cut, sew with fairly large machine stitches on those chalk lines, angling out to the existing seam at the top. Turn the jeans right side out , put 'em on and walk around, sit down. Too loose? Sew another seam 1/4 inch inside the first. Too tight? Pick out the first seam and sew another 1/4 inch outside the first. Once they're comfortable, cut off the excess and rebuild the seam with at least two rows of tighter stitches.

Dn't toss that excess fabric -- that's now your pattern for altering the rest.

Good luck!
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011 05:00:14 AM »

When I tighten jeans, I work on the outside seam, and I bring the seam more to the front.

The reasoning for working "crooked" like that is that it is slimming. Example of how the seam is on cheap jeans:


Notice the seam is exactly on the side of the leg.

Now check out Gang jeans, a brand famous for fitting curves (Britney wears them in her "I'm a Slave 4 U" video):


Notice how the side seam is totally at the front, making a slimmer line on the side.
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