Monday, June 13, 2011

Mama's Stretchy Pants!


In the last 4 years {since having babies},
my weigh has yo-yo'd within a 15 lb range.

And this has left me with a wardrobe of clothes in 4 different sizes. I seriously own black pants & jeans in sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10...

Right now, I'm losing weight, but I'm stuck right between a size 4 and a size 6. My 4's are definitely not pretty, but my size 6's seem to be falling down by the middle of the day.

Introducing... Mama's Stretchy Pants!
{Well, kinda}

I love that my kids clothes come with those elastic/button adjustable waists. Layne can actually still wear some 2T shorts & skirts that she's worn the last 2 summers AND she's almost 4. {She's a skinny minny}

To solve my droopy drawer problem, I added these to some of my pants. And boy, do I love them!
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Wanna see how?
{Unfortunately, I didn't take pics until after I was done. Let me know if you have any questions!}

You'll need:
Braided Elastic {I think mine was 3/4-1" wide}
Needle & Thread
2 Buttons
Seam Ripper
Fray Check

{Step 1 - Cut your slits in the elastic}
Start out by cutting your slits in your elastic. Make sure to measure your slit length with your buttons. You'll want your slit just a bit shorter than your button diameter, so it stays & doesn't slip out.
{My seam ripper was the easiest way for me to cut a straight slit at the right length.}

{Step 2 - Cut a slit in your waistband}
Line the end of the elastic up with back or side belt loop. Pin your elastic in place.

You will need to cut a slit in the inside of the waistband to insert your elastic. I cut my slit between the last two button hole slits. You only want to cut into the inside of the waistband. Not all the way through.
{That way your pants can still the same waist size as they are without tightening}

Add some Fray Check so that the fabric doesn't fray.

{Step 3 - Insert & sew your elastic in the waistband}
Insert your elastic into the hole in the waistband. It should be between your inside & outside waistband.

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Obviously, I didn't use fray check :-)

Sew the back end of the elastic to your pants. This should be hidden underneath your belt loop so you can't see the stitching.

{Step 4 - Sew button}
Sew on your button.
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{Step 5 - Repeat}
Repeat on the other side.

And you can have your very own stretchy pants too!

I did this on black pants & 2 pair of jean capris & it's worked like magic both times! I love my new stretchy pants. And the best part is...no one can tell the difference!

And I'm linking up at some of these Linky Parties!

4 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I am having the same problem working on losing post baby weight and having nothing to wear. I foresee making these alterations to a couple of my pairs of jeans that are getting loser (yah!!)
    ~Kimberlee

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  2. Good thinking. My wardrobe spans several sizes too. They make trousers like that for little kids, why can't they do it for us?

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  3. Love it! My little ones pants must have these because he is tiny. Still fits in 2T and he is 3 1/2. Never thought to do it myself to some of his pants that fall down! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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