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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ohhh Thanksgiving... Time to Let Out Your Slacks?

 EDITED 9/24/10: The full detailed directions for this alteration are now available on the website  here at

Here in the States we have just celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday. We enjoy a big meal and time with family, football games, naps and more food!
If you feel like letting out your slacks may be necessary, go for it. The job is really not that difficult!
Your slacks will look somewhat like this on the inside. Release the stitching that attaches the waistband to the pants.

You will also have to remove the beltloop at the center back.

The inside will now look something like this, so you can grab the seam allowance with two fingers. Line it up evenly, right sides together.

The next step is to sew your new seam. It will be closer to the raw edges, according to whatever you have measured as your new waist size.

Remove the old stitching. Remove the little pieces of thread that remain after you've used your seam ripper or blade. Press well.

Stitch in the ditch across the seam where the waistband meets the slacks. Attach the beltloop, bottom edge first.

Press well again, or take your slacks to your neighborhood cleaners for a professional finish.
Now go have another slice of pumpkin pie!

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