A few weeks ago I was thrifting with my sibs and found these brand Banana Republic jeans (with tags!) for $10. They fit super great in the hips/thighs/legs, but surprisingly, I had to squeeze those bad boys quite a bit to button the fly. Weird. Usually it’s the other way around, right? But yeah, the waistband was just too tight, giving me a mean muffin top. The wide straight leg cut was also no bueno.
So here’s what I did (in really crappy lighting): I removed the waistband completely except for the very front.
I repinned it, using all the creases and folds that were already well in place,
And then top stitched. Surprisingly, the extended band fit perfectly to the jeans! They must have been “extra curvy fit” or something. For those of you who try this, you may have to stretch you pant top to fit the now extended waistband. Or if like me your pants fit well in the bum/thighs to begin with, and it was JUST the waistband that was too tight, it may just fit perfectly.
Then I re-attached the label over the added section cause I’m sneaky like that.
It worked super well!
I also took in the legs to be more of a slim cut–now they’re more of a skinny straight, just the way I like ‘em. This was a successful alteration, and now I wear these jeans all the time. I gotta say though, in all honesty, that I really loathe taking in jeans. Like skinnifying them–it’s seriously the most tedious, painstaking, annoying thing ever. I always have the hardest time getting the perfect fit! I have fat calves, so it’s tough fitting them, and then I inevitably take them in too much at first and have to seam rip my life away. Is there anything that you totally dread sewing?