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How to Let Jeans Out

Don't throw that favorite pair of denim away. Resurrect those jeans with a little cutting and sewing for a more comfortable and custom fit.


  • TIP: Iron the seams flat before sewing to make the process easier.
  • Step 1: Reattach the belt loop with the sewing machine by starting with the bottom of the loop and then folding it over and attaching the top. Strap on your newly fitted jeans and strut your stuff with confidence.
  • FACT: In 2001, the Levi Strauss company paid $46,532 for a pair of their own jeans that date back to the 1880s and are believed to be the oldest in existence.
  • Step 2: Try the pants on to test the fit. If you're satisfied, sew over your first stitch several times to reinforce it.
  • Step 3: Unfold the waist band to the desired length using your measurements. Pin the waist band in position and then restitch the denim back on to the waist band with a sewing machine and matching thread.
  • TIP: Most men's and some women's pants have enough fabric built in to expand up to 2 inches.
  • Step 4: Use a tailor's measuring tape to calculate how much you need to let the jeans out for a better fit. Be sure to add enough extra room in you want to tuck in a shirt.
  • Step 5: Remove the stitching that holds the waistband inside the jeans. Use a pair of small scissors or a seam ripper to cut away at the stitching a few inches on either side of the center seam.
  • Step 6: Locate the center seam in the back of the jeans. Remove the center belt loop and tags with a pair of scissors if they are in the way.

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