Kathleen Steel
Kathleen Steel
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  • Mechanicville, NY
Asked on Dec 27, 2018

How do I alter blue jeans that are too big?



6 answers
  • Mogie
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Where are they too big?

  • Fiddledd224
    on Dec 27, 2018

    You can stitch a band of wide elastic to the inside o f the waistband so the waist is made smaller without being seen (the strip of elastic must be shorter than the length of the waistband for this to work).

    If the legs are too wide take them in on the INSIDE leg seams so the outside leg seams are untouched.

  • Redcatcec
    on Dec 27, 2018

    If they are a little too big, wash them in hot water and dry in the dryer, otherwise Fiddledd has some very helpful suggestions.

  • Beth
    on Dec 27, 2018

    I like this tutorial for adding button hole elastic to help cinch in the waist of your jeans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xM27ufP3Ac

  • Oliva
    on Dec 27, 2018

    If they are too large in the hip, it will necessitate removing waistband and pleating, or disassembling jeans to recut to smaller proportion, over the hip area, then reassembling front to back, noting that waistband may require alteration, as well.

    Jeans usually shrink an average of 3%, so try washing in hotter water, first. Dry on hotter temp, only if necessary, to avoid overshrinking.

  • Bobbie
    on Dec 27, 2018

    As a former seamstress, Fiddledd suggestions are exactly how I would alter them

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