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Old 09-13-2008, 12:02 PM
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Adding an Adjustable Waistband to Jeans-Pictorial

Here's an easy way to add an adjustable waistband to a pair of jeans or pants.

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For any of you out there who have tried to dress their young children in premium denim, it can be quite a task finding a pair that fits both in the waist and length. This is especially true for True Religion...while the inseam is sufficient, the waist usually runs quite large-making it nearly impossible to find a pair that fits your young one..and unfortunately, True Religion doesn't generously offer the adjustable waistband like 7FAM or Rock & Republic.
Just get these supplies and you'll be well on your way to being a pro!

a pair of jeans of course.....duhhhh



...and you'll need this stuff~
Scissors
Thread-for this task- I have RED, DENIM BLUE & a RUST colored
A needle
Elastic-I've taken the pre-slotted band out of an old pair of jeans
2 Buttons
Seam Ripper
Marker or Pen
Large Safety Pin


And seriously..most importantly-
something to drink and some tunes...oh yeah baby



Now, you're ready to begin.
First...You'll need to sew the buttons on.
Place them accordingly, so that they don't hit your child's hip bones.
Use the DENIM colored thread or whatever color matches your jeans/pants.
If it's unmatchable..use invisible/clear thread.
Sew all the way through the waistband.
Then... draw a line where you'll be making the cuts for the elastic to enter/exit...approx a half inch away from the button.
Next...you're gonna take your seam ripper and make slits where the
elastic will go through.(you've marked these spots with your pen)
Then, you're gonna stitch all around the hole-using tight loop stitches.
I'm using the RUST colored thread for this...because I like it.
Don't go all the way through...only go through the first inner layer of the waistband!








Okay.. that was tedious, wasn't it?
Exactly why I suggested listening to some custom tunes while doing this job.
Now, you're gonna put the safety pin on one end of the elastic..and wiggle it through the waistband.
but WAIT! ... these are True Religion..and we're gonna have to deal with that Belt Label.
...just have your seam ripper available..and once you get to the label-carefully take out a few
stitches (only where the elastic will be traveling thru) and only on the inside of the waistband .......see pics
Keep wiggling that elastic through..until it comes out the other side!
Fasten the buttons..Yeah!










Lastly.. you're gonna want to go ahead and clean up that Belt Label.
Use RED thread for the vertical lines on the outside..and the RUST colored for the inside.
Make sure you don't go through the elastic!





Yayyyy! and here's your finished project!
Give yourself a pat on the back!!
Suh-Weeeet!



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Old 09-13-2008, 05:26 PM
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Sweet! Thanks Nola!
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:58 AM
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I can't say it enough. I love this guide!

I googled adjustable elastic waisband and guess what the first result is -- yes, your eBay guide!

Thanks Nola!
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:12 AM
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Awesome guide! I'm going to sit down this weekend with some Starbucks & tunes and get going on some of my daughters jeans!
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:43 PM
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Just another reason why AF is the best.

This guide, + the hemming guide, + the how to measure guide, + all of Jenn's awesome skin knowledge has been a great help (and not to mention all the food help I been getting )

Thank you Nola, Pam and everyone else
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This is GREAT! Thanks Nnnola! My daughter is always too tall for her hip size and I just bought her some 7FAM Roxies that were too big in the waist. Now I have a new project!

This is just awesome - - thanks again for taking the time to share!
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:22 AM
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You have mad skills, Nola! Thanks for this guide, it will come in handy
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:45 PM
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Holy Crap You make it look so easy! I am SURE this will come in handy once I get past the fear of scissors and jeans....my boys are so thin and tall!
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this is pretty cool. i think i will try to work on one for my friend's son. thanks
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agreed , very cool
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Just had to say double thanks! Before Nola made this guide she was so wonderful to PM me and help me out...she took special pics and everything...SHE IS AMAZING!!! And now from personal experience this is super easy to do!!! WIth the pics its impossible to mess up!

THANKS NOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I know this is an old post, but its a sticky and I really wanted to say OMG THANK YOU. Doing this never even occurred to me and now my favorite jeans that are just a touch too big but belt haters will be revived!! huzzah!
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normally i'd completely delete you, but my Guide deserved the bump.
thanks! see you in the funny pages!
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