End Waistband “Gaposis” for Good

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. The waistband “gaposis” that happens when I buy jeans to fit my hips. Since my waist is quite a bit smaller than my hips, there always seems to be plenty of room in the waistband creating a clear view of… ahem…you know… my unmentionables. Well, there is a quick and easy fix to help keep those unmentionables unmentionable.


Just grab some scissors, a seam ripper, some one inch elastic and a safety pin. Then click here to find out how to easily make the waistband of your jeans fit perfectly… no more scandals each time you bend over.


“Gaposis” gone for good! 🙂

In other news:

A few days ago, a big box full of books from C&T Publishing arrived on my doorstep. A big box full of MY books. I can do whatever I’d like to with these books. Some I’ll be giving away at the big Book Launch Party. Some I’ll be giving away to my Instagram subscribers (You can find me at the_renegade_seamstress). And some I’ll be giving away to someone who writes an Amazon review (a good one of course! 🙂 )But I’d like thank one of you by giving away the first book to someone who makes a comment and pins today’s eHow post.

Thank you so much for being so supportive!

Enjoy your weekend!

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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49 Responses to End Waistband “Gaposis” for Good

  1. Kelley says:

    Great idea! But what does the waistband look like from the back?

  2. Mother Deer says:

    Very nice tutorial. Easy to understand. I’d like to see the back view as well 🙂 I have pinned and I am commenting here, since I don’t have a facebook page that ehow can use. Please enter me in the contest.

  3. seweverythingblog says:

    Hit-my-forehead moment here :). Awesome trick, and not just for the book but to let you know how terrific the idea is.

  4. martha frasier says:

    Already think of what to wear to the launch. No gaposis there!

  5. ladydorcus says:

    Slick! While children’s wear often have those great inner adjustable waistbands, adult clothing certainly doesn’t. What a great way to mimic that without taking apart the whole waistband.

  6. Maddi says:

    Genius! I’ve tried sewing elastic to the inside of waistbands, but it looked terrible. Can’t even tell it’s there with your method!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your posting….we share the “gaposis” problem. I have been doing this for years and it works great. FYI, I also found that the Gloria Vanderbuilt, “Amanda” jeans sold at Costco run smaller in the waist and I don’t have to add elastic.

  8. Joyce says:

    SO easy! Thanks! I’m thinking of all the waistbands I’ve taken apart and am giving myself a bonk
    on the head! I love your ideas, all so easy and classy, too. Keep ’em coming, please!!!

  9. kathy says:

    so easy! thanks for the idea. Kids pants are like that, with a button on the end.

  10. kathy says:

    I’d love a free book, and I’m willing to write a good review for you!

  11. Ann says:

    Hi there!Wow!I’ve been following your ideas and posts from over the seas (all the way from Finlad) for some time now and every time I read your posts I get inspired and I really admire your skills and imagination!!Would like to be more like you! Thank you for this again very usefull post! Best wishes, the girl with the same problem

    • Awwwwww….you’re making me blush this morning, Ann! Someday, I would LOVE to visit Finland. One of my friends visited last year and had a wonderful time. Thank you for your wonderful comment, it really brightened my day!

      • Ann says:

        Welcome to Finland!! I bet you would like it here 🙂
        I have visited New York and Boston but I would like to go see some other places too one day! 🙂

  12. Ann M. says:

    This is very,very useful. I don’t have a slim waist or hips but, I do get the Gap. I pinned it in my sewing. Thank-you for this very helpful tutorial and for your giveaway.

  13. Sue says:

    Why didn’t I think of this? Just like kids’ school trousers!
    Thanks as always for your helpful tutorials.

  14. Niecy says:

    I love reading your post and seeing all of your great ideas. I especially love the belt into a bracelet…idea…….I have went threw my clothes and started to alter them into something new…..

  15. Ruth L says:

    Although I don’t experience this problem, I have a close friend who jeans I regularly alter who does… I’d love to actually fix them the right way! Thank you for all your helpful and inspiring posts! Congratulations on your book – how wonderful and exciting!
    Warm regards,
    Ruth L

  16. coffeelizard says:

    Hello Beth-
    This is so like you ; C L E V E R ❗️Thank you for this idea ! I have Queen’s song racing around my head, ” Fat Bottom Girl” …hee hee. I have always need to do this and this sure beats darts in the waistband that often such a hassle to figure out. Thank you so much !

  17. Debbie says:

    Great tutorial. Just gave my sister a pair of capris because of this problem. Pinned for last use.

  18. Hi, I am new to the world of blogging. Just read the ehow post. I love your usage of the word “unmentionables”. So funny! Guess, most of us have faced this issue of unmentionables being on display unintentionally :). Brilliant idea! Pinned it. I am gonna use it some day.

  19. Leilani says:

    OMG thanks so much for this post!! I tend to hate belts and this is just what I need to fix the jeans that slide down me arse. 🙂

  20. blankenmom says:

    It cracks me up – when I saw this I thought you had some magical trick I had never thought of. When I suggest this very thing to my customers as a fix, 99% of the balk at it because it doesn’t sound “professional”. But in all honesty, it’s the easiest and best looking fix for it. Sure I could spend longer (and charge more) to take the back and sides in, but when you gain a little weight over the holidays, you’re going to complain to me that they’re too tight (and usually that I messed it up). I just love seeing that what I’ve been suggesting and doing for years, isn’t so “sloppy” after all. Thanks for posting this, I may put it up on my wall for when I suggest it in the future. 😉

  21. I am so glad that I read this. I recently found a very nice designer skirt at a thrift store, but the elastic was just about shot. I figured I would just open the waist band and slide out the old elastic and replace it, but when I took a closer look, realized the elastic was sewn onto the waistband all the way around. That would mean ripping the entire waistband, etc, etc. Then I remembered this trick. I inserted a new length of elastic in the back the same way you did on your jeans. It worked great and made the waist fit me without being too snug or gathering in the front. Had I not read this just a few days before I bought the skirt, I would have spent a lot of time ripping and resewing. It only took a couple of minutes to fix it your way! Thanks for another great and useful idea!

  22. Tasha lopez says:

    Awesome tips!

  23. Shirette says:

    Thanks I really need this for my jeans. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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