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HELP!!! How to increase jean waist size HELP!!!
SweingGuy23

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Date: 7/19/07 3:13 PM

I just bought a pair of jeans but they are 1 to 1 1/2 sizes too small for me. They button but are very tight. How can I increase the waist size? They do not need to be high fashion or high quality because I am wearing them on stage for a play. But I do need them ASAP because opening night is tomorrow. HELP!!!

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Date: 7/19/07 3:20 PM

If it's just the waistband that needs to be bigger (and not the area with the zipper), fabric stores sell a button with an elastic loop attached to expand waistbands. You put the loop around the pants' button, and button the new button into the pants' buttonhole. You could also use this, unzip the zipper, and put a piece of closely matching fabric behind the zipper opening. They use similar methods frequently to adjust regular pants for maternity wear. If your shirt is long enough, no one will even see it.

If you feel the need to fix it better than that, you could cut the waistband, rip out a side seam and add some fabric there, but my original suggestion would probably work just as well visually.

Good luck with it!

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Date: 7/19/07 3:21 PM

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Loop a rubber band through the buttonhole Use this as your new closure around the button. You'll need to have a shirt long enough to cover the temporary fix. hth

-- Edited on 7/19/07 3:22 PM --

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Date: 7/19/07 3:34 PM

If you wanted a more permanent fix, you could add some elastic into the sideseams Here's Kathy Ruddy's Elastic Insert method to fix a too tight waistband. You could just cut straight through the waistband to make the elastic addition without bothering to rip it off. You'd still have to wear your top over the pants, unless you wanted to make a new fashion statement.
-- Edited on 7/19/07 3:35 PM --

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Date: 7/19/07 3:36 PM

If they are new jeans and haven't been worn much, they will stretch out. Wear them for a couple of hours before making any drastic changes and see how they fit at that point.

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Date: 7/19/07 3:42 PM

Maybe I'm missing something, but if it were me, I would simply return them to the store and get a different size.

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Date: 7/19/07 4:50 PM

they are salvation army pants that i got from a thrift store, they are 80's fashon and i cant find any more like it...:(

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Date: 7/19/07 4:54 PM

Well, if they are 80s jeans, they are supposed to be tight! Sorry, I couldn't help it. Flashbacks of men in tight jeans that left nothing to the imagination.

Good luck, I hope one of the above solutions helps. And break a leg!

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Date: 7/20/07 9:45 AM

I found a picture on Clotilde.com of the elastic treatment I was talking about. They also sell the elastic.

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Date: 7/20/07 10:00 PM

Sherril,you are a gem. Thanks soooo much for this.I have at least 4 pairs of jeans(trad. and coloured) that are a size too small atm,and I really need them...now

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