I bought these jeans last Thursday from the thrift store. I haven’t been to the thrift store very much since the pandemic started, so when I found these, I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be able to try them on. I really liked these jeans, so I took a chance and bought them anyways. They are ‘boyfriend’ fit, so they are supposed to be more loose fitting, but they needed taken in by 2″ in the waist. I got to browsing YouTube and found this video on how to take-in the waist on jeans, and it was exactly what I needed!
I didn’t take any before photos because I’m still really shocked that it worked! Haha. I was able to take a screenshot from the Instagram stories I took before I started. You can see that there was quite a bit that I could pinch out. Here are some process photos after I got everything unpicked and the waistband cut in half:
In the video I watched, I think the woman is actually fixing really nice jeans (with flat felled seams), but these jeans are on the cheap side, so to finish the seam I just had to press the seam to one side and topstitch. That made fixing these much easier.
I got a little distracted at the beginning (thanks children) and unpicked the wrong belt loop, and then one of my serger needles broke when I was serging the seam – but other than that, it went pretty smoothly! I didn’t have matching topstitching thread, so I just used some regular thread. I will probably go over it again once I get the right color though.
Here they are now that they’re all fixed!
I was so amazed when I tried them on and they fit so well! I realize there is a lot of bagging under the bum, but I’m not worried about it. This definitely beats sewing a pair of jeans from scratch any day! 😉
Have you tried this on jeans before?