How To Take In Or Let Out Men’s Dress Pants At The Waist

How To Take In Or Let Out Men’s Dress Pants At The Waist

Let’s take in this men’s pair of pants. Whether you’re taking a pair of pants in or letting them out, the same method applies. Today I’ll be demonstrating taking in this pair of pants 1 inch total. That means back here at the waistband, I’ll be taking in one-half inch on each side of the original seam. Happily, men’s pants are very easy to take in. That’s because the seam is continuous through waistband through pant area, much different than women’s pants where often you have to take the waistband off in order to take the pants in and then reset the waistband. Not so with men’s pants, it’s a continuous seam. First we’ll rip the underside of the waistband away from the pants. I’m ripping from approximately suspender button to suspender button to free this area until we can see this continuous seam. Waistband – pants. So we’ll be taking in our pair of pants alongside the existing running seam all the way down to the crotch. Now one leg is inside the other making that back seam easy to access. Let’s do some chalk marking. I have chalked both seams for ease of viewing. The right-hand most seam is the original seam. I’ve chalked a half inch to the left of that original seam a new line that I’ll be sewing starting from up in the waistband area through a curved area because I can’t rip back past the suspender buttons unless I of course choose to. So this is a little tight through here and then we continue on down to the crotch where the curve is very obvious, tapering together. Pin taking care to match seams. If you don’t take that kind of care, you’ll look at the outside waistband and it will be crooked. Here’s the tight spot. Take your time, match those up, you’ll be much happier. Once you’ve done that area, pin a few pins along the chalk mark until you get down to the merge line, then we’ll sew. Approaching the touchy area being careful about the bulk underneath. This is when we’re glad we pinned carefully. When you get through here, it’s a breeze. Now all I have to do is make it down to the merge line at the bottom. See how everything matches up beautifully back here? That’s what we need to achieve. And I’ve ripped out the old seam now. That’ll get pressed. This area is still loose, we’ll take care of that in a moment. Had I taken in more than an inch total, I probably would have trimmed the seam allowance with either the pinking shears or serging. Were we letting out we probably wouldn’t have any excess to have to finish. So let’s do the last step and then we’re done. We want to manipulate this area for pressing, so I’m just going to finger everything out flat and press. All right then, now the idea is to take that one leg out of the other keeping the pants inside out. We’re now actually going to stitch in the ditch between the two belt loops, this area. Everything is secure here now. This is where we stitched in the ditch on the front side, flap all stitched down, secure there…and I went ahead and stitched the inside seam twice just for security. So okay, we’re all finished. Won’t that man be pleased!

23 Replies to “How To Take In Or Let Out Men’s Dress Pants At The Waist”

  1. why did you only take in at the butt? It seems like you'd want to mess with the sides instead. Unless the guy had no butt.

  2. hi Phyllis, may d Almighty keep u blessed always. ur video was very helpful.u have explained very patiently.thank u very much.

  3. I’m so glad you put this online! My husband wanted me to alter his pants to be larger in the seat. He took them totally apart in the back before giving them to me and wanted them done in 25 minutes! I had never done alterations on men’s pants and wasn’t sure how to proceed. Needless to say, I didn’t get it done. Now I know how to put his pants back together with the correct size! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. How do I let😊..more than 1/2 inch? What would be the total amount I could work with? Pockets don't matter🤗 Thank you for the video, now I can take in my son's pants😏

  5. Thank you for posting this video! My husband needed a last minute alteration, and I did it! “Won’t that man be pleased?” Haha, he was!!

  6. Thank you so much for the video Phyllis! I watched and studied both the men's and women's pants versions before I proceeded with a pair of mine, which had a men's type of waistband sewn and folded into the seam, so this was perfect! I was a bit terrified about stitching into the ditch, but thankfully all went well. Kudos for your wonderfully explained videos (and lovely soothing voice!) can't thank you enough . ;-D

  7. Hello, I wanted to ask, would this process work the same if I am taking in more than 2 inches at the waist? I have a pair of men's dress pants that need to go from a 32 to a 29. Thanks for the video!

  8. Wow, I followed your video and was able to let a pair of pants out. I had a little trouble re-sewing the waste band but the flaw was covered by my belt. I did have a panic moment when I bent over to pick up something off of the floor. Was waiting to hear a rip, but no rip. The seam is very strong. Some of this may I have to do with my sewing machine. I have a Quantum Stylist 9960 that seems to sew without much input from me.

  9. Omg. Thank so much for this video. Had to do some alterations to a man's pants and this help me out allot.🤗🤩

  10. How do you find the merge point? Do you taper the entire length of the back rise all the way to the crotch? Or is it some point before? That part I wasn't clear on. Thanks for the great video.

  11. Very interesting. Of the videos I've seen, this one is the best. But the original stitch of the pants is the Chain Stitch. You used a standard Straight Stitch on your machine. Is this okay to do on wool and wool blend trousers?; a Straight Stitch instead of the Chain Stitch?

  12. Your video seems easy enough to follow so, I'm going to use it to attempt to take in and also let out two pair of my husbands slacks. I will let you know how they turn out once I'm finished. Thank you.

  13. Thank you so much for posting this. You saved my life. Tomorrow is my first day at the Deutsche Bank and you saved me. I bought a new suit but the waist was very very tight (I know my fault) but I couldn't return it because the alteration was already done. So thank you so much. Now I can breathe in that suit like any human in this world -.-" hehe 😀

  14. Tips – did follow instructions and IT WORKs!!! BUT… don't sew over pockets and belt loops which are on the other side!!! … seems that most of sewing is about preping, ironing, measuring, cutting…. boring!!! … very little is about getting your sewing machine up at full throttle with the Narrrrrr sound! … so……. just a warning to other men!!!

  15. A good and informative clip on the subject at hand.

    I just had to let you know: that seam in the buttox, that crosses the waistband, is generally how they make dress pants. On a pair of jeans the seam almost never crosses the waistband. Obviously because jeans come from being a work pant and the first said seam is very bad for a work pant, it will break constantly. Especially with heavy materials such as denim. And dress pants are, more often than not, altered to fit the person who buys the suit better – hense the easier seam to alter. Peace

  16. Thank you for this!! I need to take in some dress pants that came with a suit for my 13 yr old son who's a skinny butt. The only question I have is, after you take the waist seam out to get to the crotch seam how do you prevent the cut seams on the waist band from continuing to unravel? If that makes sense?

  17. Oh no! I just took the seams out on the back of my son's pants and it is not a continuous seam through the waist band! I think I ruined my son's suit pants. 😔

  18. Hi, I desperately need advise. I ordered pleated khaki pants for my father from dockers. Unfortunately I ordered a size 36 instead of a 38 waist. Can the waist size be increased somehow?

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