Do Your Pants Hang Low?

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I told you a few weeks back that I had to buy new jeans.  We didn’t discuss WHY I had to buy new jeans nor will we today. (Just wanted to clear that up!) Anyway, I showed you how I hemmed the jeans.  It is fast easy way to hem, while maintaining the original hem.  It’s pretty cool and if you didn’t see that post, check it out here.  Little did I know, that is called a European Hem…fancy huh!?
Ok, so now that my jeans fit in the length, I had another problem.  I have a big butt and I can not lie, have a lot of junk in my trunk, am shaped like a woman,  do not like my jeans to be tight in my lower regions and yet when I have jeans that fit in my rear and thighs, they are too big at the waist.  Got the idea???

So, I have an easy fix for you.
You need a few supplies:

Elastic, scissors, a safety pin, some fray check, sewing machine and thread.

Carefully cut a slit on both sides of the inside waistband of your pants. Be careful not to cut all the way through to the front of your pants.

Feed the elastic in the slit with the safety pin, through the waistband, all the way to the other side of the waistband.

Once you have it fed through all the way.  Try on your pants and see how much elastic you need in there to give them a snug fit.  Pull or loosen the elastic as much as need be, to get the proper fit.

Then, to secure the elastic into place, make a seam right near the slit.  I back stitched several times to make sure the elastic would hold well. Do this near both slits.

Then cut off any excess elastic.

Finally, use some fray check on the slits that you cut on both sides of your waistband.

This worked perfectly on my jeans!  I’m not yanking them up all the time or worried about what people behind me may be seeing when I sit down.

This would also work well if your children need length in their jeans but the waist size is just too big.
This fix only took about 15 minutes, and saved me a whole lot of jean tugging!!
Give it a try.  I think you’ll be pleased.  I sure was!!


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  1. Carrie,
    I love this idea. Pinning so I can try it! I posted crafty clothes pin and pumpkin bowl to the chic crafty linky party. Following you now. Follow me too at

  2. I have had the same issue with my jeans/bubble butt (as it’s affectionatly called) and am always uncomfortable wearing a belt just to keep the gapping jeans in check. Never thought to fix it this way!! Thanks for the brilliant idea.

  3. Smart. They make kids jeans like this already. I was thinking of making something like this too!

  4. I needed this post! It will save me so much gripping that I the kids pants need to be pulled back up! Thanks for sharing.
    Kari @

  5. This is a great idea. I always have this Problem. Thanks for showing it to us

  6. trust me when I say, you have a nice figure. Hardly too much junk in your trunk.

  7. Brilliant!!! I have the same problem, err situation. And I’m the Mom of 2 teen girls, so I don’t need my tush hangin’ out! Can’t wait to try this. AND it amuses me that it is the Mommy version of the adjustable waist jeans I used to buy my little ones.

  8. Awesome fix!! TFS!! Stopping by form Sumo’s Sweet Stuff linky party.

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  9. Wow! very smart way to handle this common problem. Thanks for sharing this solution.

  10. This is a great idea…. Kinda like kids’ pants with the adjustable waist. Does it work well? Even after having washed and worn, etc?

    Thanks for the tip!
    hugs ~ Crystelle

  11. I found jeans at Kmart that fit nicely. There Basic Edtion Classical Fit Short. The short part is what you have to look for. I don’t have that problem any more. I have that lovely pear shape that gaps in the back too.

  12. Awesome! Thanks for sharing this. I have the same problem with my pants.

  13. Pinned!!! I have this same problem, but mine is way worse than yours! :))

  14. I’m going to have to go check out your hem post because I have a few pairs of jeans that are needing to be hemmed. I just wanted to say that this is a wonderful little trick! Thanks for sharing and helping those of us that are a little more well-endowed in the “rear.” :)

  15. Great tip and tutorial.
    Thanks for sharing,

  16. Great tip and clear directions, too!

  17. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party.

  18. This is so smart! I don’t sew, but this looks easy enough!

  19. Very cool. I’m going to try it. Stopping by from Fabric Bows link up.

  20. Brilliant! I have the same problem. :)

    I’m starting a brand new link party today. I’d love for you to come link up.

  21. Thanks for sharing this at the ‘Or so she says …’ link party! Hope to see you again this week (link party runs every Saturday – Tuesday). We’ve also got a fun “Favorites Things” giveaway going on right now. Please check it out!

  22. That is an amazing good fix! Great tip! Thank you!

  23. This is fantastic!!! I have a huge problem buying jeans as well…too long because I’m only 5’1 and huge gap at the waste because I am as I’d like to say “Shapely”..I guess jeans are made for people that don’t have little wastes..You did a great job!!

  24. Pinning this! I actually had a moment in a dressing room today where I thought, “These jeans would be perfect if it weren’t for that extra space in the back…wait a minute, didn’t I see a post on that?” So glad I found it again. -Lauren

  25. Thanks so much and I am going to use it for my kids too. When they are little there are those adjustable waist pants, but jeans for 12 and 15 year olds don’t have them, but I have tall skinny kids (they don’t take after their mom obviously!) and the pants that are long enough always seem too big in the waist.

  26. I am going to have to do this! I just bought new jeans as well and because I have a big butt and hips and smaller waist I always end up with extra room in the waist area to accomodate the lower portions. Thanks for the tip!

  27. I do this same thing all the time for my tall, skinny daughter. One thing I’ve learned is to make the slits just slightly closer to the center back than a couple of the belt loops. That way you can hide the stitch lines under the belt loops. I never use fray check, and haven’t had any issue with fraying, even after many, many washes. Great tutorial.

  28. This is an awesome idea. I have this same problem, can’t wait to try. Stopping by from we are that family.

  29. I’m so glad I ran across this post. I’ve been planning to do the same thing for a few months and wasn’t sure exactly how best to do it. Now I know! It’s awesome!

  30. Why have I never thought of this? I like comfortable jeans for working in the garden, but I don’t like to be hiking them up. You’ve given me the solution. And so simple!

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  32. What a simple fix! Thanks for sharing! I too have this problem with pants sometimes. You’d think they’d start making jeans to accommodate us pear-shaped gals!

  33. Yay!!! much easier than taking in parts to try to make this work. I’m going to do this. Thank you!!!
    BTW I found you on the Bacon Time blog!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Thank you! Why didn’t I think of that years ago???? Guess what I’ll be doing the next few days? :-)

  35. Years ago a friend told me about this. I don’t know why I never did it. I guess it’s time I try it. Tired of pulling up my jeans EVERY time I move.

  36. That is sooooo the wrong way to do this.
    I own a taylor shop and if you want to jack up your pants go ahead.
    All you do is …….pin your waist band to the desired size
    Your total is both sides of the pin you took up
    If you pulled up an inch then that is two insched you are taking out.
    Take out the top of each loop at the top of the band
    Leaving the bottom of the loops intact
    Remove the thread on the waist band from front loop all the way around the back to the front loop on the other side
    Cut out one inch in the center back leaving one inch for a sean allowance of 1/2 inch each side
    Sew your new size in the center back. So you have removed 2 inchs
    One inch removed and one in taked up with a 1/2 inch seam allowance
    Now you will ease your new size of your pants into the waist band that is two inches smaller.
    Last re attatch the loops at the top of the waist band
    DONE good job
    Now thats why the tailors get the big bucks
    I hope I made my self clear
    Please dont jack up you exspensive pants with elastin or darts. It doesnt fit right and does not look good

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