Ok, first of all, I haven’t posted anything in TWO YEARS!?!? Sorry. 🤭
I just bought a new pair of jeans from uniqlo. They are the ultra stretchy kind, which in my experience means “we’ll keep slithering down off your bum all day, so you’ll spend all day pulling your trousers up again and again and again”.
Like most sane people, I find it immensely annoying to have to be constantly adjusting my clothes, so I have been adding secret belts to my jeans for the past few years.
This is the first time that I have paused and taken photos at every step, so that I could share the method with others.
First off, get a pair of jeans.
Then, a bit inwards from the button, cut a vertical hole.
How far in you cut depends on how stretchy they are. A lot of stretch, a small distance. Little stretch, bigger distance.
The goal is to leave enough of non-belted stretch / movement to allow for the jeans to flex when you move and sit and stuff. Or they’ll cut off your circulation.
Make the same cut on the other side of the waistband.
Next, take a solid ribbon that you have pre-cut to your “circumference” minus the “gap” of stretchiness you decided to leave, and weave a safety pin onto it.
Then, thread the safety pin with the ribbon through the hole on one end, and slowly move it along through the waistband until you make it come out of the hole at the other end of the waistband.
So now you have a ribbon threaded through the waistband of your jeans. Awesome. Don’t let it slip in.
Next, stitch the ribbon down onto the jeans, both before the opening and after.
And then fold it back and stitch it down so it covers the lumpy and scratchy stitch job you did at first.
Do the same thing on the other side. First stitch the ribbon down as it’s coming out of the hole.
Then fold back and stitch down.
When you’re done, it should look roughly like this.
Which means that when you put it on, it looks like THIS!
You’ll notice the ribbon creating a fold on the waistband. If you hate this, instead of threading the ribbon into the waistband, stitch it down on the inside, all around the waistband. That does make it more scratchy though, so I’ve opted for this solution.
Enjoy having jeans that no longer slip off your bum!!