June 07, 2010

Crack Kills

Maybe it's just me and my body shape, but a lot of my jeans have that giant gaping spot in the back.  It's like a canyon between my bum and the back of the pants.  This is what I'm talking about.  On some pants it's worse than others.  I tucked a shirt in so you wouldn't have to see more of me than you want to :)

I'm pretty sure it's not just me because I've caught some crack with quite a few teenage girls.  Hot?  No.  Nasty?  Yes.  Anyhow, enough about that.  We're going to fix it today.  Here's how....

I took some 1/2 inch elastic and I cut a strip to be about 6 inches long.  I sewed it on, but let me explain how.

I started at the middle and sewed to the end using a zigzag stitch.  As I sewed I pulled the elastic quite tightly while I let the denim layer feed through the machine normally.  Then I did the same thing again.  I started in the middle and sewed to the other edge.  This made it so that the elastic was centered and I didn't stitch throught the belt loops on the other side.  Lastly I did one stitch in the middle, also making sure not to stitch through the belt loops.

Now I don't have to bulk up with a belt.  You can't really see the stitching, since I used navy thread.  Best of all, now the Grand Canyon is the only canyon people are staring at.

EXTRA INFO:  This works best with lighter-weight denim.  I haven't tried it on really heavy denim yet.  To really get even more pull inward, you could try a wider elastic and sew two lines along it.

Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow!


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