I hated jeans. Lots of people though I was just insufferably prissy … but it wasn’t that. They just weren’t comfortable to me. Then, with the advent of stretchy, soft denims, skinnier legs and higher, more natural waistlines, I began to change my mind.
Yet two problems remained. The overlap end of the waistband curled after the first washing, and over time that little pokey- out bit would rub tiny holes in my tees and camis – BOO! And the wonderful comfort-stretch fabric tended to grow a bit in wearing and the jeans would start to sag.
After a few failed experiments I came up with one solution to fix both issues. It started at the fabric store, but you needn’t be a sewing expert to replicate it in your own wardrobe. I purchased a center-release buckle (intended for back packs rather than apparel) and a roll of 1″ non-roll elastic.
I cut a length of elastic about 4″ longer than my waist measurement. Following the instructions, I looped one end of the elastic through the non-adjustable side of the buckle and stitched it in place. Then I fed the free end through the adjustable side of the buckle, pulling it tight enough to fit me. Little teeth on the buckle keep the elastic from slipping right back out – no sewing required.
Slipping the completed “belt” through the loops of my jeans, and positioning the buckle away from center front — about halfway toward the side seam — the elastic provided a cushion between my upper garment and that rough waistband end. And at the same time, it kept the waistline snug – no sagging.
TIP: This buckle design makes the belt adjustable — important if some of your jeans hit lower on your boy and therefore have a longer waist circumference. Since I don’t want the variable end of the elastic just hanging, I use the buckle backwards (or maybe think of it as inside-out) so the free elastic end is held in place between the main elastic and the garment.
Give it a try – I think you’ll like it a lot.