When shopping for jeans, you want a pair that fits you perfectly. If they are too tight, they won’t be comfortable to wear and may even cause damage to your body. But if they’re too loose, they don’t look as flattering on your body type, and they may fall while you’re in public.
But the waist on my jeans are too big. What should I do? Fortunately, it’s easy to fix pants that are too loose around your waist with a few simple tricks. Try these tips next time you’re looking for new jeans at the mall!
Sew a Waistband Extension
If your pants are too big around the waist, you can sew in an extension to make them smaller. The extension will go over the waistband and be sewn into place, making the waistline larger.
To make this fix, you’ll need to measure around your waist and add about 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) for seam allowance. Cut out two pieces of fabric this size and sew them along one edge to form a tube with a seam down one side. Make sure that this seam is on the inside of the garment so it won’t show through when you wear it.
Take one end of this extension and turn it right side out, so the seam is hidden inside. Then fold it in half lengthwise and press flat with an iron so the raw edges are tucked inside and won’t fray when to cut later. If you have them on hand, you can also use pink shears; they will cut off loose threads without fraying further!
Hem Your Pants
If your pants are too loose around your waist, you can hem them to fit better. Hemming is easy, and you can do it yourself with a sewing machine or an iron and needle. You’ll need about 2 inches of extra fabric for each side of the pants (you’ll cut off the excess later).
Here’s how to hem your pants:
- Get the Right Supplies: You’ll need an iron and needle or sewing machine, scissors, and thread in a color that matches your pants. You may also want to buy a unique hemming foot for your device if you don’t already have one.
- Read the Instructions: If it needs to be clarified how to thread your machine or install the hemming foot, read through the instructions that came with your device before proceeding further.
- Turn Down Fabric: Turn down an inch on each side of each pant leg so that it folds over itself twice; this will make it easier to sew down later (once folded over), plus it looks nicer than just folding over once and stitching straight through all the layers at once.
Reshaping with an Iron
If your pants are too loose around your waist, you can use an iron to shrink them. First, wash the pants in cold water and hang them up to dry (don’t put them in the dryer). Next, lay the pants flat on a hard surface and press over the entire waistband with an iron. This will shrink down the excess fabric and make it fit better.
You can also use this method to resize jeans that are too big at the waist. If they fit well in most places but aren’t tight enough around your waist, put them on and button them up as usual. Then place a towel on top of the button area and press down firmly for about 10 seconds with an iron set on medium heat. Repeat this process until you have achieved the desired fit.
So, the waist on my jeans are too big. What can I do about it? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of your pants being too loose around your waist. However, if you want to try to fix this on your own, the first step is to evaluate how the pants fit everywhere else. Don’t take them in at the waist until you’ve ensured they fit correctly elsewhere—this won’t reflect well on you or your tailor.