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I've been constantly frustrated when taking in jeans at the waist. When taking in through the center back waistband, the back curve never seems right and there's all that conspicuous topstitching right in the middle of the rear. Taking darts into the pockets can add more issues, mainly moving pockets over, or living with pockets that pouch. The side seams have those rivets, and besides, the excess fabric isn't really at the sides, but pretty much in the back pieces. I decided to deal with the sides anyway.

Technique Materials

jeans
ripper
thread
jeans needle

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    Mar 30, 2010, 09.55 PMby abbycat

    I love this technique- I just used it and my jeans look perfect. Thanks!

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      Jun 17, 2011, 12.12 PMby lynnevv

      I’m so happy this worked for you!

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    Mar 14, 2010, 09.17 PMby littlelupin

    ah this is great for dutch girls with wide hips. will try this asap!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 10.52 PMby kosmika

    This technique is amazing! my extra wide jeans turned out so well!!! my mum didn’t believe that they were ‘adjusted’, they look perfect! Thanks so much for sharing ;)

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      Jan 22, 2010, 02.02 PMby lynnevv

      So glad it worked – I did this again just yesterday and it still works -LOL

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    Dec 28, 2009, 09.19 PMby ingerasx

    I’ve tried this technique with one of my mum’s pants that were to big on her waist. Once I was done, you could not even tell that i made any adjustments. I now have lined up some of my own pants to adjust the waist. Thank you for sharing this trick.

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      Jan 4, 2010, 07.48 PMby lynnevv

      So glad this worked for you.

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