How to Take in the Waist on a Pair of Blue Jeans

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If your waist is quite a bit smaller than your hips, you may suffer from “gaposis” when you buy jeans to fit your hips. This leaves plenty of room in the waistband, creating a clear view of, ahem, you know, your unmentionables. Well, there is a fix for your jeans to help keep those unmentionables unmentionable.

A waistband that is too large can be fixed.
A waistband that is too large can be fixed. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch elastic band
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine

Step 1

Start by cutting a 5-inch piece of 1-inch elastic. It can be longer if you’d like a more gradual cinch.

Cut a piece of elastic.
Cut a piece of elastic. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 2

Use your seam ripper and cut two slits that are 7 inches apart on the inside of the waistband. Or, if you are using a longer piece, cut the slits 2 inches wider apart than the piece of elastic you are using. Make sure you are only cutting the inside of the waistband and not all the way through. Use the center back belt loop to help you center the slits.

Cut slits in the waistband.
Cut slits in the waistband. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 3

Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic.

Attach a safety pin.
Attach a safety pin. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4

Insert the pin into one of the slits.

Insert the pin.
Insert the pin. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 5

Maneuver the pin and the elastic through the waistband.

Pull the elastic through the waistband.
Pull the elastic through the waistband. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 6

When the end of the elastic is even with the first slit, stop and sew through the elastic and the waistband to secure the elastic in place.

Sew the elastic.
Sew the elastic. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 7

Continue to pull the pin through the waistband until the other end of the elastic is even with the second slit. Remove the pin from the elastic.

Continue to pull the elastic.
Continue to pull the elastic. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 8

Secure the second slit by sewing through the elastic and the waistband.

Sew the ends of the elastic.
Sew the ends of the elastic. (Image: Beth Huntington)

Finished Waistline

Now your unmentionables won’t create a scandal each time you bend over. Your “gaposis” is gone for good!

Say goodbye to your "gaposis" for good.
Say goodbye to your "gaposis" for good. (Image: Beth Huntington)
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