If you're lucky enough to have nicely rounded butt and well-curved hips, all complemented by a smaller waist, you probably often have an issue with the fit at the back of your jeans.
I have this pair of jeans that I bought second-hand on Thread-Up. I love a very light pair of jeans for the summer. All in all, it fits me very well from the front. However, it's a different story when it comes to the back waistband.
In this tutorial, I'll show you a simple and effective trick to adjust the waist of your jeans.
The advantages of this techniques are:
- Easy and simple
- Can be done by hand if you don't have any sewing machine
- Can be easily undone if you gain weight
This technique is not perfect it has one small issu :
If the fabric is really thick, the back darts may be slightly uncomfortable
JEANS WAIST ADJUSTMENT TUTORIAL VIDEO
If you don’t feel like reading, watch the video:)
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
A pair of jeans that do not fit
Although you can also hand-sew with needle and thread only.
Needle and thread
In case you don't have a sewing machine, I recommend sewing using the backstitch. You can learn how to sew back stitch in this video
PIN THE EXCESS OF FABRIC
I’m using pins, but you can make marks with a tailor’s chalk or even use safety pins. The important thing is to ensure that the excess fabric to be reduced is evenly distributed on both sides.
MEASURE AND CALCULATE THE EXCESS FABRIC TO BE REDUCED
Once you’ve pinned both darts, mark the dart with a chalk. Then, measure each of the darts to check if they are the same measurement. They might not be exactly the same since it can be challenging to be precise when pinning a garment you’re wearing.
If the two darts don’t have the same measurement, add the width of each dart together and divide it by two to distribute the excess fabric evenly on both side.
Here, one dart had a width of 4 cm and the other was 3cm, for a total of 7 cm to be reduced. Therefore, each of your dart should be 3.5 cm wide.
TRACE DE DARTS
Make sure the dart placement is centered between the lateral and the middle back of the pant. Make your first mark and measure the desired width. Then make your second mark
Draw a chalk line for the center back and measure the distance between the center back and your second chalk line. Use this measurement to position the second dart.
It’s preferable that the dart is no longer than the back yoke, Also, ensure that the distance between the end of the dart and the center back is the same on both sides.
PIN AND SEW
Sew the dart making sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end of the seam.
PRESSER AU FER LES PINCES
If the denim of your jeans is thick, the darts may also be thick and potentially uncomfortable. To press them down will help Also after a few washes, the darts will soften.
Here it is. it is not magic, but it does the trick:)