August 20, 2010

Fit Your Waist (by Karly of Jellybean Junkyard)

Hello there!
I'm very excited to write my first guest post on Sugar Bee!
Just so you know a little about me, I am a lover of:

  • salty things
  • anything crafty
  • fairs
  • antique shopping
  • swimming (but only if the water is warm!)
  • creating
  • balloons
  • Disneyland (how can you not love Disneyland?)
  • Mouse Adventure
  • sewing
  • riding my bike (but I dream of a banana seat and a big basket up front)
I do not love:
  • kids fighting
  • people who try to open the car door too soon and I have to unlock the doors a second time
  • roller coasters that give me a headache
  • my frizzy hair when there is too much humidity
  • chocolate (I know, I'm weird)
Now that we've met, I will leave you with my favorite way to make your pants (and I mean any pants that you have in your closet) FIT YOUR WAIST so you don't have the gap action going on in the back!
A few years ago, many children’s clothing designers converted to adjustable waistbands. Why have they not come up with this for women’s pants?
They do have some drawstring pants out there, but when it comes to jeans, there is nothing. NOTHING to help with those of use who are not 12 years old. By that I mean that we have hips, a round tush, and some other issues going on.
If you’re like me, you try on a pair only to see a huge gap between your lower back and the top of the pants. I refuse to wear “mom jeans” and belts are too bulky.
ARE YOU WITH ME? Here is the solution in a few EASY steps:
1) Get your favorite jeans that are all gappy in the back but fit perfectly everywhere else.
2) Go to Target and buy a pair of shoelaces (or buy many because once you do this to one pair, you’ll do it to ALL of your pants….trust me on this one). Make sure to buy the extra long shoelaces (your choice for color). You can always shorten them later.
3) For this next step, I use a seam ripper. Haven’t got one? Use a pair of scissors or whatever you have that will cut through the FIRST layer of the fabric only (see pic and continued directions below)

Don’t cut all the way through your pants! On the inside of your jeans, cut a small hole that is just big enough for your shoelace to fit through. I always do this on the left side of the button hole for the best fit. Do the same thing to the other side. For this side, I always do it to the left of the button. Again, a better fit.
4) Get your shoelace and stick a safety pin through one end. They also sell tools that are designed for strings to be pulled through quickly. Assuming you don’t have that tool, use a safety pin and insert it into one of the holes.

5) Scrunch and pull until you can pull it out of the other hole. Note: Some pants have labels on the back of the pants. Sometimes you can wedge your safety pin around the label, other times, you might have to remove a few stitches or remove it all together. But, it’s worth it.

6) Slide on your new pants that actually fit now and adjust the shoelace to your liking. I just tie mine like I’m tying my shoes and tuck it in! Think the laces are too long? Cut one of the ends to the length you want it. To seal the end, take a match or lighter and put the raw edge into the flame for a few seconds until it melts (don’t catch it on fire…not only would that be a bad thing, you’d also ruin your new pants!) Yes, you can throw the pants in the wash and the string won’t come out. As long as you didn’t make a GIGANTIC hole.
7) Enjoy! Your pants have never looked better on you!
Like what you see?
Come on over and visit me at Jellybean Junkyard!


About Author:

Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

7 Fabulous Comments:

Thanks for having me today!

Neat idea! Glad I followed over from Welcome Wednesday! Going to have to try this because gapping is a HUGE problem for me!

This is fantastic! I can't wait to try this TONIGHT when I get home from work. Love your blog too! Super cute!

This is such a great idea! I will definitely try it out. I can't wait to go through the rest of your blog to see other great ideas!

What a great and creative idea!! I will definitely try this.

Thanks for the great idea! I have had this problem with my pants for years. Really enjoy your blog.

This is a great idea, thanks! I have had problems with gapping in my women's pants and it is nice to know I can fix it now!

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