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Cutting off the waistband of jeans
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Date: 9/26/06 0:59 AM

I'd like to try cutting out the waistband of some jeans. I thought I'd practice on a pair I'm not crazy about first, but I hate the thought of just flat out ruining them because I don't know what I'm doing. I'm wondering if there's more to it than just cutting off the band underneath the stitching.

Has anyone tried this? If so, how'd you do it, and how did the jeans fit after? I'm curious if they feel like they're about to fall off.

Thanks for any advice or suggestions!

Amy

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Date: 9/26/06 1:29 AM

Is this a current style? I saw a skirt that was made of jeans and was like this, but I thought it was a one-off. If I were going to try this, I'd stabilize it at least with staystitching and perhaps with some kind of elastic or facing that is not obvious. But, I defer to the forthcoming experts...

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Date: 9/26/06 9:18 AM

There's a upcoming article in Sew News on this very issue

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Date: 9/26/06 9:55 AM

Sometimes RTW jeans have waistbands that come up too high on my short torso or they are too tight so I remove the waistband by removing the stitching holding it on. There is a stay stitch under the waistband. Then I use double fold bias tape and replace the band, wraping the tape around the edge of the pants. This is kind of like putting a binding on a quilt. I usually have to remove the belt loops because without the band, there is no place to attach them. I haven't come up with a good way to replace the button, however. The zipper comes up to almost the top, stopping short of the bias tape so I'm not really going to be losing my pants and I wear by tops over my pants, not tucked in.

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Date: 9/26/06 10:11 AM

My method is the same as Sherril's. Rather than cutting off the waistband (which could result in taking off too much), use your seam ripper to remove it. You also need to remove the belt loops.

Be careful because once you take off the waistband, the raw fabric can stretch very easily! I bound mine with bias tape I made out of contrasting fabric.

Here are some pics of the pair I did.
-- Edited on 9/26/06 10:12 AM --

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Date: 9/26/06 10:34 AM

Cool pants.

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Date: 9/26/06 10:48 AM

Wow, nice save on those jeans! Very creative.

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Date: 9/26/06 12:25 PM

Well, shucks........the editorial staff advises that the jeans article is slotted for next summer, which isn't helping much

Others who've posted here have used similar techniques that should all work for you.

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Date: 9/26/06 12:36 PM

I have done this many times when rebuilding jeans for my daughters. I use the seam ripper to remove the waistband and belt loops, and bind the top with heavy bias tape cut from old denim and serged on one edge to clean finish the inside without folding the denim under and creating more bulk. I attach the binding, understitch it and then fold the whole thing to the inside and top stitch in place since the objective for my daughters is to make the pants lower rise. At this point the zipper is flush with the top of the pants.

I then cut the button and button hole with about 2 inches of waistband and attach to the jeans above the zipper. I just zigzag the pieces onto the front of the pants with matching thread. The button provides additional support for the zipper (since sometimes the jeans fit like the skin on a sausage) and covers the top of the zipper so nobody gets their belly pinched when bending over the tie shoes.

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Date: 9/27/06 0:28 AM

Thanks for all your posts ladies! Those refashioned jeans are really cute! I hadn't thought about using binding for a new waistband, I may try that sometime. Some of my jeans with the longer rise hit me really high, and I've gotten to where I can't stand that anymore.

Actually though I was talking about cutting off the band and leaving it off. I've seen this in a few random places, but one company that's doing this is Second Chance Jeans. I usually don't post so I'm not sure if it's kosher to include links to a company website. Someone let me know if it's ok, and I'll post links to some pix. The best one I saw several months ago, with a closeup shot of the waist, is no longer on the website. But there are still some shots that if you squint, you might be able to tell what I'm talking about. :winkgrin:

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