Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

increasing a waistband

Lisa1 | Posted in General Discussion on

Can anyone suggest the best way to increase the waistband one inch in ready to wear jeans style pants? 

Replies

  1. suesew | | #1

    Is there anything to let out anywhere - a dart, pleat, seam allowance. You would have to take of f the waist band to the place(s) you can let out and then replace it adding on to the end of the waistband. I have also moved the zipper and the closeure over to allow for some extra room. That doesn't work to o often.. An awful lot depends on how they are originally made.

    1. Lisa1 | | #3

      Thanks for your response to my query about enlarging a waistband.  Sorry it took so long for me to say that.  There wasn't a dart or any obvious area to open.  I thought of removing the waistband and adding a triangular insert at the side seams or center back.  Would this have distorted the fit?  It's academic at this point.  I decided that I was getting in over my head and gave the job back.  Still, I'm curious to know if an insert would have worked.  Thanks.

      Lisa

      1. suesew | | #5

        A trianglar insert will throw off the grain line and the garment won't hang correctly. I've had to put them in extremely tight bridesmaid dresses when absolutely nothing else would work. I thought they always looked horrible, but they solved the immediate problem - stupid people purchasing dresses that don't have a chance of fitting them. To see what happens simply take a piece of fabric and cut a slit in it - now pull the slip apart and you wil see the effect of the potential dart.

        Edited 12/27/2004 9:06 pm ET by suesew

  2. SewingWriter | | #2

    When I did custom sewing, this was probably the most common alteration in my workroom.  Remove the waistband.  Add an extension of fabric to the underlap area, stealing from a pocket or hem if possible.  Before letting out darts or seams, however, check the fit.  I found it was very common for the garment to have been sewn onto the original waistband with a tremendous amount of ease.  It just might fit onto the larger waistband "as is".

    A note: if the original waistband has button fastening, it's helpful to leave the waistband attached for a couple of inches so you don't have to deal with the challenge of affixing the buttonhole end back on to the garment.



    Edited 12/12/2004 8:35 am ET by SewingWriter

    1. Lisa1 | | #4

      Thanks for your great suggestions a few weeks back re increasing a waistband.  I think I'm not quite ready to take on alterations for other people.  Too risky. 

      Lisa

This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 42% and get a free gift

Subscribe

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All

Highlights

Shop the Store

View All
View More