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Letting Out Pants

By: Liz from cottonandcurls.com
Letting Out Pants
Letting Out Pants
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If you've ever struggled to button a pair of pants be sure to check out the Letting Out Pants tutorial. This helpful link will show you how to make pants bigger by letting out the waist. If you are a person whose weight often changes then this can be an extremely helpful trick. You don't need to go out and buy new pants if you have gained a few pounds. Keep your old pants and simply make them more comfortable by letting out the waist with these easy steps. Refashioning and upcyling your clothes has never been so easy!

Project Type: Learn a Technique

Time to complete: In an evening

Sewn by: Either Hand or Machine

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If you need to put a gusset in, it ALWAYS goes in the back!! No wonder there are so many "honey do' seamstresses out there! I have been sewing and been a tailor for over 50 years and in my time have seen a lot of cloth butchers and now I know where they are coming from! Side jean seams have a brad to keep the pocket from splitting. You can even see it in this picture. Putting a gusset in is defeating the purpose of the brad! Any competent tailor will tell you EVERYTHING is done from the BACK seam. Pants are taken in or let out at the BACK seam. Side seams are only touched if having to recut and the amount taken out is too large and will misshape the pants. It is certainly true that this is a dying ART! This is why so much of the home sewing LOOKS like it was home sewn. The same as trying to shorten a zipper by bar tacking the bottom with thread. Buy some bottom stops or use the one originally on the zipper. Even buying a few top stops will work much better than trying to "sew" it shut at the bottom.

Your site is not easy to access. I press on how to let out pants on pinterest expecting to go directly to the information and end up trying to find it. can you simplify your links? A little frustrating. I get bounced to all sorts of other links which I dont want.

Hi bombathejunglegirl 1282762! I am sorry you are having trouble. Please click the link above that reads "Click Here for Sewing Pattern" and it will take you to the tutorial. Hope that helps! Kaylee, Editor of AllFreeSewing.com

how do u let pants out with elastic waistband.thank you please help me

Hello raerae9168056! I am not actually sure! Consider asking our active Facebook community. Maybe someone else has an answer. Kaylee, editor of AllFreeSewing.com

You would still insert the additional fabric according to your measurement needed but you would need to do the waistband separately. Open it up at the seam and insert more elastic.

I am going to try this one. I have seen the back seam done the same way. This might fit better. Not sure.

This trick only works if you gain weight in your waist and not in your thighs.

It never said anything about your thighs. Not sure why it would then deserve a 2 star rating. I have jeans where my thighs still fit but I can't button it up so this would be perfect. Maybe look for a tutorial where you can open the legs up and use a funky fabric.

I have quite a few denims to do this to. Instead of buying new denims I can now fix my old ones.

Would love to watch the tutorial but all I get are pop up ads for Ziploc bags and cars when I click on colored text to view

I bought a pair of paints that were cut funny,the waist was way to tight and the rest of the pants were too loose. I did this and now they are sooo comfy and it only took about 30 minutes and I think that was mostly cuz I wasn't sure I was doing it right.

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