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4/23/08

Ending Bum Crack One Pant At A Time



This tutorial is to help those who unintentionally show off their bums. You will be shown how to insert an elastic band inside the waist band of jeans/pants to close that space down!


You need:

1 pair of pants that just don't fit, show off your bums, or are sticking 2" off of your back.
*If there are any labels sewn to the waist that would block the elastic i just snip the stitching and take those off.


1" elastic band 16" long (you will be cutting this to size later)





Instructions:

You will be making slits on EACH SIDE of the waist for the elastic.


Holding the waist with both hands at the sides, pull apart the band. Snip the inside of the waist ---DON'T cut through to the other side!!! ONLY cut the inside. Make a VERTICLE cut 1 1/4" long.


Repeat this for the left and right sides of the waist.




Measure the area between the cut slits. Then subtract 2" from that number. CUT the elastic to this measurement.


You have a choice to make----do you want to put a button on so it will adjust or no button?


If you are doing a button continue on. If you are not skip this step.



Adjustable elastic with button:


Make button holes at ONE end of the elastic. I do 2 or 3. After stitching them snip the inside so the button can go through it.



Sew a button to 1" past the slit on ONE side. Make sure this is larger than the button holes as the elastic stretches just a bit.





Fold over the edge with button holes and put a large safety pin through it. Thread this through the slit on the opposite side of the button. STOP when the end is just poking out of the slit.






Use a zigzag stitch and stitch this down. Go over it at least twice to make sure it won't ever move. Use a darker thread or coordinating one. You may also pull the elastic inside and stitch it down so it is invisible.



Keep feeding the elastic until it comes out the other side. Give it a good pull. Remove the safety pin, making sure you don't let the elastic jump back into the hole. Button the elastic to the pants.

*If you didn't make the elastic adjustable with the button holes then you need to sew it in place. You might want the wearer try it on to determine the best location. You can leave the elastic a little long and snip the stitches to adjust it later if needed.



This is what they should look like when the elastic is evenly stretched out. If you would like to keep the elastic from twisting you can sew a line down the center in the back.






This is my tutorial for the Sew mama sew Tutorial contest...go take a look at the rest. there are some great ones!!



25 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

Okay, so I'm just going to Old Navy or the Gap--I am way to LAZY!!! Those pants do work though. Have a good one.

23/4/08 9:40 PM  
Blogger Carin said...

GREAT idea!!!

25/4/08 11:43 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

I have a skinny minnie who's in desperate need of this tutorial! I try to buy her only adjustable waist pants but some are just too cute to pass up, know I can fix them myself. Thanks!

28/4/08 11:26 PM  
Blogger 2paw said...

I was just talking about doing this today at The Knitting Coven!! It's a great idea, though I like to button hole stitch around the 2 openings to stop fraying!! Nice modelling!!!

29/4/08 12:54 AM  
Blogger CrimsonBruin said...

Yippee! This is just what I need. Thank you!

29/4/08 5:39 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Very cool idea. I have a half a dozen "brothers" who are going to find their pants very much altered next weekend when I go to visit them.

Now... the next step, what do you have to solve the underware baring baggy pant issue?

29/4/08 6:52 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

This is the best, most practical tutorial I have ever seen. Thank you thank you thank you for the inspired idea!!!

29/4/08 6:53 AM  
Blogger micki said...

Best. Tutorial. Ever!

29/4/08 6:58 AM  
Blogger wyndesnow said...

Thank you for sharing. I have 3 boys and although we do try and buy the pants with the adjustable waist band, sometimes they are just not available. This is a great way to fix that!!!!

29/4/08 7:00 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Love this--I seriously have the gapping problem and thought I would never again find pants that fit! Thanks!

29/4/08 7:26 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

YOU ARE Brilliant!!! Thanks! I get hand me downs and such that do not have the adj. waist and I have tall slim kids. I LOVE THIS!

29/4/08 7:57 AM  
Blogger CalicoDaisy said...

Oh, my goodness, this has to be the best and most-needed tutorial yet. I consider it a personal mission to lecture all those young ladies who have hiney exposure! My daughter is quite mortified with me, but I am compelled to explain the importance of nice-fitting pants to all. I will have to make copies of this tutorial and carry them with me for visuals on proper pant wearing! -- Michele

29/4/08 9:02 AM  
Blogger Frau Traumberg said...

Wow! Simple and usefull! Love this, thanks!

Greetings from germany,

Tanja
:-)

29/4/08 9:37 AM  
Blogger margaret k. said...

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Thanks for sharing.

29/4/08 10:11 AM  
Blogger Christy Sews said...

Just brilliant! Thank you for sharing.

29/4/08 12:31 PM  
Blogger WendysWTN said...

I could see this working great on my toddlers pants, too! Thanks for sharing.

29/4/08 1:03 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Great idea and I LOVED your title. :)

29/4/08 2:59 PM  
Blogger CalicoDaisy said...

I want to post about your tutorial on my blog. Can I use your panty-exposing picture? -- Michele

29/4/08 3:28 PM  
Blogger CalicoDaisy said...

I don't see your e-mail, so I have to contact you here again. Come over to my place and see my posting. Thanks for letting me put up your photos.-- Michele

29/4/08 7:32 PM  
Blogger Lilia said...

I had to do this exact thing for my daughter. I just bought buttonhole elastic and eliminated having to make the buttonhole myself. Laziness. Thanks for the tute!

29/4/08 8:50 PM  
OpenID artsyfran said...

Oh, this is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing it. I know what I'm going to be doing this week!

30/4/08 8:35 AM  
Blogger AndreaLea said...

You are awesome!! I have a stack of pants that I've been planning to adjust. And you've gone and done all the thinking for me!

30/4/08 8:41 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

What a great tutorial. My daughter and I both need this so badly. I was just today thinking of putting darts in her jeans but this idea is so much better. Thanks

30/4/08 4:04 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

No more builders crack, slot machine, eftpos... hehehe i sooooo needed this, what a fantastic idea, so simple!

8/5/08 10:05 PM  
Blogger Beth Workman said...

Thank you! After years of living with gapitis or passing up otherwise great pants, I have a solution. Why didn't I think of this? I'm so glad you did. I just tried it on a my favorite jeans and have been dancing around the house. Go hips, go!

17/5/08 7:10 PM  

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