I have a tutorial for you today! If your waistband is feeling a little snug don't throw those jeans out just yet. I have a rather simple fix...extend the waistband with elastic.
I was given these snazzy pair of pants and asked if there was anyway I could extend the waistband. She tried them on and I could see they fit her fine however when she buttoned them they were very snug and caused what she called, a muffin top. At first I thought easy enough, just move the button over but is there an easy way to remove those buttons they put on jeans?? I dunno. I had a couple of ideas in mind, both involved taking off the waistband and extending with either fabric or elastic. I went to JoAnn Fabric and rummaged through the remnant bin hoping to find something similar to this fabric. As you can see in the picture above it's a slightly shiny fabric. After not finding anything suitable I went to the elastic and who knew I'd find a gold metallic elastic?!. It paired with the gold details in the pants perfectly and was the same width as the waistband.
Depending on how much extra width you need in your waistband you'll want to cut your elastic about 1 inch shorter. The waistband on these pants needed about an extra 3 inches. I wanted elastic on each side of the pants so I cut two strips of elastic about 1.5 inches long allowing for 1/4 seam allowances. Next get out your seam ripper and start ripping!
I marked with a pin on the waistband where I wanted to insert the elastic and I didn't rip out the waistband completely, just enough to where it would be easy to work with. I then cut the waistband.
Excuse the blurry pic...this fabric proved to be a challenge to photograph.
Now you'll want to pin your elastic, right sides together, with the front of your waistband and sew using a 1/4 seam allowance. I reinforced my seam by sewing back and forth a couple times.
Next you'll want to sew the other side of the elastic to the waistband, right sides together. Make sure your waistband is not twisted (if you have belt loops, it helps to pin them out of your way). You'll then have a waistband that will look like this front and back...
I forgot to get a picture of this next step but it's pretty self explanatory. Reassemble your waistband, pin into place and sew. Then sew your belt loop (if applicable) back into place. Depending on the amount of ease in your pant's waist you may need to stretch while sewing to get it to fit your newly extended waistband. I had a little puckering and had to rip out and try again. I found my even feed foot helped as well as stretching ever so gently while I was sewing.
On the inside you'll see that a small part of your waistband will be exposed which is inevitable if your using elastic. I applied a little fray check to it.
Complete the other side and there ya go, a new waistband that will fit snugly with room to grow. No more muffin top.
This turned out to be a really easy alteration. You certainly could substitute fabric for the elastic in this tute but for my fix this elastic was a perfect match to these pants. Hope you enjoyed this and find it helpful.
Alterations are now complete and I'm off to do some selfish sewing. Working on a chambray Hawthorn. What are you working on? Anyone starting to sew for the Fall season yet? This crazy, cool weather Indiana has been having has already got me thinking about it. I should probably hold off because I'm sure it'll be back up in the 90's by next week.