I made an executive decision last week, to ban low-rise jeans from my person. I despise the old low-rise trend; can’t stand wearing them. They never feel right.
Low-rise jeans are also bad for the body, I think. They ruin posture and cause expanding waistlines. They promote slouching and spreading, because slouching and spreading the hips is what you have to do to keep them in place.
The pair of low-rise skinny jeans that caused this epiphany, still has some wear in them, and I like the color and weight. When I endured the misery yet again of wearing them last week, I resolved to either fix the waist or be content to ruin them trying.
Result: Waist is fixed!
The jeans before:
- Low waistband in front;
- High enough in back;
- Tiny zipper.
Here’s how the process went:
- Unzip the zipper.
- Detach the front belt loops from the body of the jeans. (They can probably stay attached to the top of the waistband.)
- Cut the waistband off, from the center front to the side seam.
Important: Do not zip up the zipper. With the waistband out of the way, there may not be a stop to keep the zipper pull from coming off at the top. Instead, keep the zipper pulled down, and use pins to position the fly until the insert is sewn in place.
Pin the pockets and zipper to hold them in place.
Put the jeans on and identify where the waistband naturally feels right.
Cut two pieces of denim to insert in the open space across the front. The pieces should be roughly the same shape as the open space, but slightly larger than the space on all sides.
With the waistband moved out of the way, sew each insert piece to the body of the jeans, right sides together.
Flip the insert piece over, and the seam looks like this.
Put the jeans on again, to identify the waistband placement on the insert, and pin the waistband in place.
Topstitch the waistband onto the insert fabric. (Make sure the belt loops are out of the way of the stitching)
Trim the insert fabric even with the top of the waistband. Fold the center front excess to the inside and topstitch in place. Inside out, the insert will look like this:
You will need something to close the gap where the zipper is too short. I used velcro. It was easy to place and stitch, and holds the gap closed. I first added the long velcro shown next to the zipper. That wasn’t effective. The short piece above the zipper worked, and was actually easier to put on.
The insert has a slight indented look, for some reason that I haven’t tried to figure out. I don’t care. The waistband feels great.