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!

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.

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.

{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 one can tell the difference!

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


  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!!)

  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?

  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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