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Message Board > Fitting Woes > How to alter jeans? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 9/7/12 3:48 PM

Does anyone have tips regarding altering jeans (denim or twill) after having lost weight? They all seem to come with those french type of seams. It seems one could use regular seams on the inseam and no one would really notice they were different there.

And the waistband? Perhaps just a dart could do the trick, except it wouldn't quite fit the lower part anymore....a V-shaped dart might do?

Then there are those strange buttons! I'd like to move it over, but how to take it off? Wouldn't it leave a hole? Then how to put it back on?

I'd like to use one of those items sold to cinch it in...but most I see are for making the pants and button larger for when one gains weight, not loses it.

I've got a bunch of perfectly good jeans I can't really wear now and would like to salvage them somehow.

Thanks for any ideas.

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Date: 9/7/12 5:01 PM

I always have this problem anymore when I buy pants. But have found the answer to it without removing the waistband and adding darts etc. Basically it involves making a vertical slit at the inside of the jeans waistband and sewing in a short piece of elastic to pull in the excess fabric. Very fast and easy with instant gratification.

It is written up here in Marcie Tilton's October 2008 Newsletter "Getting My Jeans To Fit."

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Date: 9/7/12 5:17 PM

Well... I did lose some weight and had to confront the favorite jeans being too big. Since I never put my jeans in the dryer, I started drying them in the dryer and that has been good for the first round (10 pounds lost or thereabouts).

Now I am just looking for new jeans and using the looser ones when I garden or clean.

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Date: 9/7/12 8:41 PM

The elastic insert is a good idea; I figured someone had to come up with an innovative idea.

I've been considering shrinking them, too, but mine usually shrink more lengthwise than widthwise. However, I can always wear boots in winter if they shrink into "floods"! Or perhaps capris!

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Date: 9/8/12 8:16 AM

I figure if I lose weight I "DESERVE" new clothes. lol.

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Date: 9/8/12 8:42 AM

I thought about altering too. But like Tarrbaby, I lost that weight, I wanted skinny jeans!

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Date: 9/8/12 9:26 AM

I wouldn't alter jeans-too much heavy fabric with seams that are very thick. Of course, I don't like to alter RTW clothes anyway which is partly why I didn't go into business when I was younger. It is often hard to duplicate what the manufacturer did. Jeans are cheap at Walmart and Target-I would buy a pair or two their until my weight settled down and then buy a nicer pair in the brand I liked. That's just me of course but why make things harder than they have to be? Congratulations on losing some weight-it is not easy to do.

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Date: 9/8/12 9:44 AM

This is exactly what I do. I works very well.

Taking out the flat-felled seams don't really seem worth the time.

Buy new britches and celebrate the new size!

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Date: 9/8/12 9:52 AM

I have altered jeans and it is a lot of takeing apart and then sewing back the way it was.
This is what i did when i lost a lot of weight. I took the side seams apart and adjusted them to fit. Took the waist band split it in the back center. this makes a seam but you can cover that with the belt loop.
Works everytime.

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Date: 9/8/12 9:58 AM

I did a similar thing to the Marcy Tilton idea, but used wide, soft elastic on the inner face of the waistband. It works for small alterations like my sway back. Blog post with photos here I have lost weight, too, and I just kept tightening my belt until it was time for new jeans. Big alterations on them is just too much work for me.

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