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!

141 comments:

  1. Awesome! It is definitely out there... because there is a Flikr group dedicated to it... which was a BIG help when I was creating a Butt Crack calendar for a gag Hillbilly themed gift! ;)

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  2. I have this same exact problem!! I have found only one kind of jeans that fix the problem for me... Levis curvy fit. They sell it in two colours. lol I LOVE this! I just got a sewing machine and I forsee many pairs of jeans getting this treatment in the near future!

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  3. I like this "easy" fix... I have seen the Instant buttons but never wanted to pay shipping... Maybe I will try this fix! The Instant buttons are pretty cool too though...http://www.instantbuttonforjeans.com/products.html

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  4. This is so great! And thanks to a previous commenter about using this idea on kids pants.

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  5. omg, LOVE this!! thanks for posting!

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  6. I don't have quite the same problem, due to my lack of booty, but I tried the same concept (except at the sides) with my jeans to keep them from slipping down my straight boy-hips. I only sewed at the ends of the elastic though, and it didn't work. I still have to wear a belt. I'll try it your way with the zigzag stitching. Maybe that will work better!

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  7. I hate this!!! Glad to know, I'm not alone, I will have to try ur trick. FYI Lucky Brand jeans do a great job of eliminating this. I get them at their semi annual 1/2 off sale or the outlet. They are quite pricey but they have all sorts of cuts for all types of figures. Lucky should pay me for this advertising.

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  8. Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Pure genius!
    You are a rockstar.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Off to sew all my jeans :)

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  9. NIce bum! Where you from? JK! Love this solution because I have this problem. I'm not a lover of crack. I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  10. Auuurgh, thank you!!!!! Actually, thank you to the Shepherd Family poster, too. I have a size six waist and size 10 hips, so you can practically zipline across my canyon! I don't have a sewing machine...is it possible to sew this elastic in by hand, too?

    Failing that...it's Instant Button for me!

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  11. A friend of mine showed me this trick a couple of years ago. It is the most awesome idea to close the gap. They look great!

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  12. This is great! I thought I was going to have to sew two darts in the back, but if I can do it, I'm sure this will work. Thanks so much!

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  13. What a great idea. I am so not a belt wearer, this will work great! This will work great for my daughter's pants too.

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  14. I love this, I publish a e-newsletter weekly and would love to use this as a tip for the teenagers, do you mind if I share it? I'll give you props and a link back of course.

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  15. thankyou!!! I have the same problem as you! I always have to watch out for that canyon (hahaXD) when buying pants so thanks for the tip!

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  16. Great tip. Thanks! But now I am wondering, do you have any ideas for keeping pants up on 4 little girls that have no hips or bums to speak of? I am constantly telling them to pull their pants up. In fact, sometimes they start pulling up their pants out of reflex as soon as I say their name! I've tried belts, those pants that have the adjustable waistband, and even long undershirts. Nothing seems to work! Any suggestions?

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    1. cute suspenders all frilly to match various tops?

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    2. That's a great idea but I don't like the little gathers. I take two small darts in that take up the gap and make them short enough that they don't show under my tops. Works great if you are a sewer.

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  17. you are sew smart!

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  18. Genius. Seriously.

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  19. You are very resourceful and the jeans look good! An alternative is to have them (cheaply!) tailored by getting some darts put in. I always end up taking jeans to be tweaked.

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  20. What a great idea!! I am going to try that once I can fit into my prepreggo jeans.

    www.emilyguerra.com

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  21. I'm constantly telling my 11 year old "say no to crack"! I think this would be a great fix!

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  22. Love this! I constantly have this problem. I just got a sewing machine so as soon as I figure out how to use it I will have to give this a try.

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  23. I also love the Levi Curvy jeans. The red stitching is fun for me and it's so nice not to have to worry. Right now I only have one pair, though...so all my other jeans might soon have elastic! It looks so smooth and invisible. Before, I would hear elastic and have horrible 80s flashbacks.

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  24. Love your ideas! How do you think of them? I have had this same prob for years and couldn't come up with a solution. I AM trying this. Thanks!

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  25. I lived in South America for a little bit, and it was quite common for women there to tailor their jeans -- for exactly the reason you mentioned. They typically sewed in two places at the back of the waistband. Brought back memories. :)

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  26. Great idea! I don't like to wear belts, so this will be great!

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  27. You are brilliant! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  28. Genius idea! I've had this gaping problem since I was a teen! Thank you!

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  29. Again. Genius!! I don't know why I'm surprised. ;o)

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  30. oh my gosh! i have this exact problem!! even more so before i gain a few pounds since i stopped nursing last month (tmi?!) since my mom is a seamstress, i would take my jeans to her and she would take tucks in the wasitband, but somtimes it was kind of bulky. this is indeed genius!!!!

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  31. I wish I had your problem. Now can you figure out a crafty way to keep all my rolls in my jeans. That would be very helpful. Actually this will be great for my kids, they are super skinny, and not all pants come with an adjustable waist.

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  32. As a somewhat bigger guy, my butt crack always seems to be hanging out no matter what pants I wear (to my dismay).

    I might just have to try this! I have a couple of buddies who would probably benefit as well...

    --James (aka 'Dirty')

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  33. That is so much better than this 'product' they were talking about on our local radio station....be warned...*shudders*

    http://wqyk.radio.com/2010/04/29/butt-crack-problem/

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  34. I love you! (not in a creepy way, haha) This has always been my problem! I have to go up a size because I have a butt & thighs...but then my pants are always too big on my waist. Grand canyon indeed, lol. And I HATE wearing belts too. Totally going to do this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  35. What a great idea! This post just made me laugh... I hear it not just from my kids and husband but from the occasional friend as well :l Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Hey, my name is Heidi, I've been following your blog for quite some time, this is the first I've commented tho, for some reason! Just have to say LOVE YOUR BLOG! :)

    I have that problem too! I hate having to worry about if my crack is showing. :( Thank you for creating a solution!

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  37. This is brilliant!! I haven't been able to find a pair of jeans that fit right ever since having my son -- the waist always gaps horribly, regardless of what size/style/brand I try. Thank you so much! I'm eager to try this out!

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  38. This is brilliant!! I haven't been able to find a pair of jeans that fit right ever since having my son -- the waist always gaps horribly, regardless of what size/style/brand I try. Thank you so much! I'm eager to try this out!

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  39. I am soooo glad you posted this! I just bought a pair of pants for under $7.00 on clearance, and they do that in the back. It's something I've lived with forever, so I just deal with it. But I'm glad there's a solution!!! Thanks!

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  40. OMG! This is GENIUS. I've been fighting with a pair of pants ALL. DAY. LONG. I'm going to do this to them right now. RIGHT now.

    Thanks for the sweet tip!!

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  41. Holy cow! This is so great! I was just thinking about this issue today. Thank you!

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  42. What a great idea! I think I'm going to give this a try...the next time I can find elastic...it seems the craft stores in town are always out of the wider widths. I'm always stuck with 3/8" or something thin like that.

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  43. That's genius! I love this idea! Thanks tons, I'll be linking.

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  44. That is GENIUS!!!

    I have to put darts in the back of ALL of my pants for this very reason. No pants fit me right since I have bigger bum and smaller waist.

    This is so much easier and more forgiving!! I am switching to this method from now on.

    I just recently found your blog and am loving it already!

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  45. Wow, this looks so much easier than putting darts in! I always have my pants tailored (sewing on the yoke & waistband kind of scares me) but THIS is super easy. thank you from a curvy gal! :)

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  46. That is such a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

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  47. This is what my Mum used to do to a lot of my clothes when I was a kid - tall and skinny meant not a lot of clothes fit well straight from the shop!

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  48. You're a jean-ius! So easy.

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  49. Next time try black elastic...you will like it even better! And, you did a great job!

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  50. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks :-*

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  52. Love it! Love it! Love it! Must do this today to my pair of jeans after I get home from church. I have 4 kids and am so familiar with the elastic adjustable bands inside their shorts/ pants so I can't believe I never thought of this and suffered through constantly pulling my shirt down in the back! THANKS!

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  53. You are a genius!! I always sewed darts in them, but this is way way better! Thanks so much and I hope I don't forget it the next time I need it.

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  54. As I was sewing darts into my last new pair, I was wondering if something like this would work. Thank you for figuring it out for me. (I also used to get the Levi's curvy, but they discontinued the petite ones and the rise is too long for me in the regulars.)

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  55. Love, love, love this idea! Genius!!

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  56. Yeah, so I'm a little slow on finding your blog (in my defense we did just recently get the internet)Anyway, I LOVE this idea. I thought I might be the only one with crack pants. I've always had a big bottom and a smaller figure and so I've had this crack my whole life. My daughter now has it. I usually just make my own skirts so I don't have to worry about the crack. I'm so excited to try this out!

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  57. Oh my gosh! Where was this tutorial when I was in high school?!?! Shopping would have been so much simpler! Thank you for this...will definitly keep this in mind the next time I go shopping.

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  58. Oh, thanks for the idea!!! I had a more complicated one but this will save me time...i was thinking to cut the belt from inside and put the elastic, but oh, boy this is much simplier...thanks again...
    blessings,
    nádya

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  59. BRILLIANT! I just found this via Pinterest, what an amazing idea! I will be trying this :)

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  60. love this idea! My family is cursed with high butt cracks! lol -- this will be an embarrassment saver, for sure!

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  61. I run the elastic inside the waistband by opening up two little slits on the inside waistband fabric, in the back, about 7" (give or take) distance from each other. Usually there is a space between the outside waistband fabric and the inside--making a casing...Use a long piece of elastic to start, which you will cut. With a safety pin, run elastic through casing in one slit, through casing in waistband, and out the other slit. Machine sew a vertical line through each end of the elastic--pull to tighten before you sew the second line!! Cut elastic, and handsew the slits if desired (since they are inside there is no real reason to do this...) Hope this is clear--hard to describe--need more coffee.

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    1. I do this on my jeans too and it makes a big difference. It's really easy to run the elastic inside the two pieces of fabric of the waistband. Sometimes I leave the elastic a little longer, sew one end and then just use a safety pin on the other end - that way it is adjustable! Just like some of the toddler pants, but they use buttons for the adjustment. I leave the elastic long, so it an be folded over the safety pin and won't dig into my skin!

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    2. Love that idea, too!

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    3. Thank you so much for your method! I used to think that it was a waist-to-butt measurement non-standard problem of mine, but looking at all the comments, it seems to be a flawed standard in jean-sizing...just sayin.

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  62. Although the elastic was very impressive, I however am MORE impressed at your skills of taking pictures of your own behind!!!!! :)

    {Great idea!!!}

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  63. i find wearing my 17 year old son's jeans eliminates this gap -i do have a JLO body shape. Something bout teenage boy jeans & woman's shape fit better. the only downside: the pockets are wayyyyyy to long for my 5'3 petite sized.

    Hope This Helps

    TwoDiffSocks

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  64. Love this! I have too much thighs, and not enough waist, and my pants are always falling off. I love that it doesn't look like elastic waist pants too. Ty!
    Shiloh
    everydaygameplan.net

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  65. Thank you for solving a life long problem of mine!

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  66. I have the same problem so this is something I just have to do! Thank you!

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  67. I don't see how the instant button would help at all. They would be too tight in the tummy and I still would have a giant gap in the back - really, I have tried that kind of jean on too. But this elastic idea might work! I have also had success with Seven jeans. Tag says "Seven 7 Premium Denim" Have no idea where to buy them since I found them at a great resale shop.

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  68. Oh, and I should have said I used to tailor my jeans by adding three darts in the back. Worked great at making them fit but you could see the darts :(

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  69. You are brilliant!!!

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  70. This alone should make you a winner of some kind of award, a really awesome award! You just fixed one of my biggest clothing problems. Thank you!

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  71. Here's a way to take this one little step farther (yes, I've done this in the past). On the inside of the waistband - somewhere near the side seam - cut an up-and-down slit in the inside of the waistband only. Feed the elastic through this and then zig-zag through both ends securing the opening and the elastic in one stitching. Before you start, make sure the waistband can accommodate the elastic and there isn't any stitching (like belt loops) that would block you. If it has room - this looks really nice and holds the pants tight!

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  72. I have a pair of straight leg jeans that fit nicely when I first put them on , but they drop off my hips as the day goes on. I dont like belts. Its very frustrating! No gaps on this pair but I still may try your idea!Thanks!

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  73. This does work great. I have done this with my jeans, as well as my kids jeans. If you are sewing on a lighter color denim, use a shade of grey thread instead of navy and it blends quite well.

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  74. Use your 3 step zig zag and it will work even better!! Great idea!

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  75. No! OMG! you are certainly not the only one with this problem. I tried on at least 50 different brands/styles of jeans in 1/2 dozen stores until I found one that fit right and bought 3 pair. Argghh! I will definitely do this to 'save' the rest of my jeans and a whole bunch of other pants/shorts as well. Another whydidntithinkofthat...Thank you!

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  76. I share this problem - who are they making these jeans for anyway?! I've joked that I could carry my purse in the gap back there!

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  77. Love it! Love it! Love it! My ever modest for me husband will thanks you. :)

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  78. I saw this on pinterest and I am totally going to fix some pants this weekend!

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  79. How clever! I love the idea and just did a pair of maternity jeans which were too loose on the bump but now fit very well! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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  80. This is wonderful! I have this problem with almost every pair of pants I own. I have these black pants I wear ALL the time, but I have to wear a belt because they are too loose in the waist (but nowhere else of course) I may have to try this one them. Thanks!

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  81. Hello Momma!! I had stumbled upon a picture of your tutorial on Pinterest. I came to check it out and chose an even better one. Since I've posted that picture it 3 days ago, it has been re-pinned 198 times!! Congratulations! And thank you so much for sharing this idea!!!!
    Sara
    http://pinterest.com/sara_debruycker/

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  82. I have the same problem on ALL my jeans. I will definitely try this!! Thanks for the tip!

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  83. If you want to hide the elastic cut two inch long slits in the inside of the band...not clear thru...just on the inside (facing) then thread your elastic thru and stitch the ends. I used to fix a skinny boys jeans that way !!!

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  84. I have done this on several pairs of my pants. In a bind, I have also resorted to just safety pinning the elastic into the back to see how it will work with that particular pair of pants. It works as a temporary fix and allows you to see how much needs to be taken in. I have found that Not Your Daughter's Jeans don't have a gap. However, almost all of my shorts and other slacks gap.

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  85. This is great! I've been having my mom sew darts in the back of my pants for years, but sometimes the darts can be uncomfortable. I will have to try this next time!

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  86. Ok, this is genius! no matter what size/brand pants I buy, they never fit quite right. Will definitely be trying this! thanks for sharing!

    taylorandchandra.blogspot.com

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  87. I like it! I've always just made two little darts on either side of the back to solve the problem, but sometimes they dig in to my back. I'm gonna have to try it on the new Levi's I just bought. Thanks!

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  88. Awesome!!! Such a simple fix. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  89. Fabulous idea! I buy Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and they always fit weird in the waist.

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  90. This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing this!

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  91. Hi,

    Great idea! Also came through Pinterest. So the only jeans I've found that do not do this are Silver Suki jeans. I buy mine on eBay but the Buckle sells them and some fancier department stores websites.

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  92. So obvious it's brilliant... of course I just cut up some jeans at the waist to experiment with so can't try it with those.... this technique would be soooo much better and quick. Thanks for the tip!!

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  93. Thank you! I found this via Pinterest. I've been looking for something exactly like this. I've bought jeans that come with adjusters inside for my daughters but I haven't seen any for adults and was just thinking that may solve my wardrobe issues.

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  94. Found your link via Pinterest. Clever! You might also want to try this website: http://www.zafu.com/ I haven't had to worry about this since I put my measurements in there - now I just only buy the brands they recommended to fit me. It was A MIRACLE. I swear I am not affiliated with that site or anything, just love it so passing it on.

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  95. Adorei e vou fazer em todas minhas calças jeans.Obrigada por compartir. Abraços desde Brasil...

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  96. This is nothing short of genius! I've been buying these little adjustable elastic belts that attach to your side belt loops & they just don't cut it. Thank you for sharing with the world.

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  97. Sheerly genius! I have the same exact problem...you'd think jean designers would clue in on this. This is definitely getting saved in my favorites so I can use it. THANKS!

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  98. What I have done with my Goodwill finds, is to use my seam ripper, make a slit in the inside of the waist band just before the belt loops in the back. Use a bodkin to insert a piece of elastic a little less wide than the waist band, and then zigzag the cuts closed again. Works great and is hardly visible on the outside of the jeans.
    GMTA.
    Erica

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  99. What I have done with my Goodwill finds, is to use my seam ripper, make a slit in the inside of the waist band just before the belt loops in the back. Use a bodkin to insert a piece of elastic a little less wide than the waist band, and then zigzag the cuts closed again. Works great and is hardly visible on the outside of the jeans.
    GMTA.
    Erica

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  100. Oh, wow. Thank you SO much for this! Jeans never fit me properly, so I thread a string through the inside of where a belt would normally go on top, and tie it inside the jeans (like sweatpants). I've never liked belts because I wear long shirts, so I hated that funny bump. I am totally trying this ... oh to wear jeans normally again - amazing!

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  101. Thank you very much for that idea! It's so great! Have a nice day! A hug!

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  102. You have saved my life, and prolonged the life of my favorite, former grand-canyon, jeans. Thank you. I'm pinning this to my DIY board.

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  103. Now why haven't I thought of this? Thank you so much.

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  104. Hope this will work on men's pants too.

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  105. Huge help! Every now and again I come across a pair of jeans that look great everywhere but that stupid gap in the back. Just recently in fact I set some jeans aside to donate because of this gap - now I can fix it and keep them!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this!!! Im pinning it to 3 of my boards ;)

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  106. revolutionary!! Thyanks so much... im going to get my jeans and start sewing!

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  107. Awesome tip. I will try this on some of my old jeans.
    For those of you with a body like mine, I've had very good luck with the Eddie Bauer Curvy line the last year or two. Just wait until they are on sale to buy them.

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  108. You are my hero!!! Thanks so much!
    I'm going to make this
    and maybe will post it on my blog (with credits to you! ;)
    Love from Italy <3

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  109. Glad to know this works, I was thinking of trying it but worried it wouldn't work!

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  110. Glad to know this works, I was thinking of trying it but worried it wouldn't work!

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  111. I just tried this and it didn't work. The pants gathered tremendously and you could see the gathering under the shirt and the gathered elastic was very uncomfortable.

    In the picture with the denim, there is no gathering and I just so see how that's possible.

    How did you sew the elastic on the jeans w/o it gathering?

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    1. Hmmm...was your denim super thick? Did you pull the elastic really, really hard to gather it a ton? Either one of those things might have given you different results. The denim in the picture does gather a bit, but it's subtle so you don't notice it much. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful!

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    2. Check out my alternate technique below.

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  112. Where do you find 1/2 band ?

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    1. It was just elastic I had purchased at JoAnn fabrics. They should have it in most fabric stores.

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  113. Just saw this on Pinterest and can't wait to give it a try. THANK YOU! Sharing on FB and Pinterest for all those crack haters out there ;)

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  114. Amen!!!!! Thank you. This is perfect.

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  115. I used to sew darts into my jeans. That's what I recommend for sturdier denims.

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  116. LOVE this! My jeans fit much the same way so I'll definitely give this a shot.

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  117. An easier way ...I have been doing this for years, but here's an easier way and u don't need a sewing machine. Run the elastic through the inside of the waistband. To do this u will need to snip vertical slits on the inside (only) of the waistband. I like to run the elastic across the entire back of my slacks/jeans so the material doesn't looked bunched. Attach a sturdy safety pin to one end of the elastic and push it through the waistband, through one slit and out the other. Use a needle and thread to secure the ends of the elastic and whip stitch the slits closed.
    Barbara

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  118. An hour glass figure has its draw backs, and this is one of them!

    Thank you so much for this :)

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  119. This is perfect! I see that everyone else thinks so too! I shared this on my blog at http://littlebitsofeverythingqce.blogspot.com/2013/06/pinned-it-friday-rachel-edition_21.html so that my viewers could enjoy it too. Thanks for sharing and LOVE this blog :)
    Rachel @ Little Bits of Everything

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  120. My daughter has this problem all the time. The best jeans we have found for her are at Menards (Old Mill brand). Which is fine because they aren't expensive there either!

    However you could hide that elastic a little better by cutting a slit in the inside waistband at the ends of where the elastic would be, and sliding the elastic through using a diaper pin attached to the end. Pin both ends of the elastic in place ensuring that they extend farther than the slits you cut. Tack both ends down by satin stitching over the slits.

    I've done this to men's and boys' pants too, buying them a few inches too large and adding elastic, because my son is husky and my husband and son have always needed more room in the seat and thigh than they tend to give jeans and pants in the waist sizes they need. Also, sometimes if I find a really good pair at a thrift store, a little elastic may do the trick and save you $20 over buying a new pair in the exact right size.

    I find they are more comfortable for the wearers that way. I personally hate having tight, unstretchable waistlines, they hurt my back.

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  121. I did this for my oldest son when he was little because he was tall and skinny. It was fine because no one could see it with the shirt over the top. Still have to do my own like this but I'm not tall & skinny.

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  122. Excellent! This is my fit problem, too. Doesn't matter my weight because it happened when I weighed 115 and it happens now at 200. :/ I can't wait to try this!!

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  123. I've always tried so hard, too hard, to make sure that any elastic that I added was INSIDE the waist band, between the waist band layers. Why did I worry about it? This is just fine! No more fussing with opening up the waistbands for me!

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  124. Just did my first pair of jeans with this great method. Jeans fit soooo much better. The only problem is that BOY MY MUFFIN TOP OVERFLOWS.

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  125. This may be THE best Pin I have discovered to date!!

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