[yellow_box]I’ve challenged myself to begin working through the over 300 sewing techniques on my Pinterest board. The first technique listed is the one that I tried along with my pics. If there are alternatives to the technique (from my board), they will follow. Each tutorial will include a Skill Level, Pinterest Link, and Direct Tutorial Link. Have you tried them before? If so, what did you think? Do you know a better way? Feel free to share. [/yellow_box]
Today’s Pinterest Sewing Tip is all about eliminating Gap-osis (My term of endearment for that horrible waist gap in the back of your pants.) Most of my jeans have this fitting issue. I’ve thought about having the jeans professionally tailored, but who wants to pay that kind of money every time you want a pair of pants that really fit? I know that for me, the tailoring would likely cost more than the jeans themselves, so I can’t justify the expense. I usually just throw on a belt to cinch the waist, and call it a day.
Cheri over at I am Momma Hear Me Roar (love that blog name!) had a great quick fix for this common problem. She had the brilliant idea to add a piece of elastic in the back of the jeans to draw in the extra fabric. Of the three techniques, I decided on this one because it was the quickest. It only took me a couple of minutes and as you can see, there was a vast improvement.
- Super Quick Fix (5 minutes to sew on the elastic)
- Works well for small gaps
- Not very pretty on the inside (but you could always dye the elastic)
- Not for larger gaps
My pant gap was about 3 or 4 inches. While this technique did remove a lot of the excess (yay!), there’s still some gaping. I would suggest Cheri’s technique for excess fabric of about 1-2 inches. I used 3/4″ elastic. Cheri uses 1/2″ in her tutorial, but suggests a larger piece for more gathering (and two lines of stitching).
Skill Level: Beginner and up
Dorothy has a really great video showing how to take your waist in using 2 darts in the back.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner and Up
Still not enough adventure for you? Susan at Freshly Picked gives an excellent tutorial on taking in the side seams of jeans to eliminate the gap.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner and up
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