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Posted on: 7/11/11 8:58 PM
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This is a simple way to get 3/4 to 1 inch more out of a too-tight waistband.

Make a fabric tab slightly smaller in width than the waistband by about 1.5 inches. Unstitch the waistband center front seam, slip the tab inside leaving about an inch or more showing. The tab size will depend on the width of waistband and size of snap or button. Top stitch the seam closed. Apply the upper snap or buttonhole (you can do this before inserting tab into waistband) to the tab.

The photo does a better job of explaining.

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jeannemarie1 said... (9/27/11 0:39 AM) Reply
great for someone who has gained weight
vrani said... (8/13/11 11:52 AM) Reply
Thanks for the very good tip.Looks very neat and professional. I will definitely use this method.
marec said... (7/16/11 9:17 PM) Reply
Barb, I like this tip! You could even expand (haha) this to include elastic and 2 buttons, or snaps for use at Thanksgiving.
Susan M said... (7/16/11 7:49 PM) Reply
Clever! This sounds like necessity was the mother of this invention
Patti B said... (7/16/11 10:06 AM) Reply
Brilliant! And, if you want to be really quick, a doubled piece of grosgrain or petersham ribbon works well too -- don't ask me how I know!
mssewcrazy said... (7/13/11 1:48 PM) Reply
I have been mulling over a fix for a pair I bought that are a teeny bit snug in the waist but fit well everywhere else. This is a beautiful solution I haven't seen before. Previous poster is right -you are a genius for thinking this up.
Texastopaz said... (7/12/11 11:02 PM) Reply
Great idea! I have a pair of RTW shorts that will get this done tomorrow.
quathy said... (7/12/11 6:40 PM) Reply
Clever, and cute! What a great idea!
elsew said... (7/12/11 3:46 PM) Reply
What a neat glad you included the photo...this can easily be used at the side and back seam also. You are a genius!
LynnG said... (7/12/11 9:37 AM) Reply
Double post. Sorry.
LynnG said... (7/12/11 9:37 AM) Reply
Great tip! Your tab is very neat and looks like it was planned.
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