Taking in the waist of pink/red jeans

What I did:


My client had bought these jeans at a thrift store. She was excited about wearing them, but the waist/hip area was quite a bit too large for her, so she asked me to narrow it.

Before: My client tried on the jeans and I put safety pins in the back to cinch them in enough that they fit her.

Before: I measured the amount we had taken in with the safety pins — it was about 1.5 inches.


For a smoother appearance, I divided the total amount to be taken in by two, and sewed two darts in the back of the jeans, widest at top and tapering at the start of the pockets.

After: if you look closely, you can see where the two darts are — on either side of the center belt loop, at about 1/4 and 3/4 of the way around the back of the jeans.