Fixing the Gap

How to fix the awkward gap on pants that are a little too big

1. Put pants on inside-out.

2. Pinch both side seams in with your fingers until you have the fit you want.

 Place pins here.  Make sure the point of the pin is facing up so it doesn’t stab you when you remove your pants.

3. Sew a dart where the sides are pinned. 
Be careful to make your dart gradually blend into the original seam.  These pants had a french seam, so there is a little difference that can be seen where I took them in.  However, no one is ever going to notice it.
How to fix pants that are too big in the waistband.  Super easy.
Please excuse the awkwardness of this shot :)


4. Put pants on right side out!
Are you kidding me?  This is all you have to do to fix pants that are too big in the waist.
Enjoy not having to hold your pants up!  Bend with confidence my friends!

*Note, you can do this with denim, but it will be harder due to the thickness.  I would get a denim needle.

Until next time,


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  1. Great idea! I have a hard time getting a good fits and have this gap issue a lot. I like to take my good slacks to a tailor but this is a great and EASY looking fix for my shorts and cheaper pants.

  2. Hot shoes and i have a grandson that is names Camden

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  4. Just go to Old Navy and buy their GREAT “gap fixer” its $s about $8 and fits on the back of your pants. It is elastic and stretches and clamps onto the 2 side belt loops. I don’t leave home without it!!!

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  6. I’ve been doing this since high school. Great trick, but for me the darts work better closer to the center of the back, in these pants it would be near the center of the back pockets (just for placement). Because of this I generally don’t buy pants or jeans with back pockets. It does work well with lighter weight fabrics or stretch type jeans.

  7. Hi Kara
    I enjoy reading your blog, its so useful. Thsnks for sharing. Bless you!


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  9. message pour mimi qu’est ce qu’un gap fixateur ; moi je suis en France et je ne connais pas cela ?



    • Martine,
      Je suis désolé, mon français n’est pas bon. Le “gap” est l’espace supplémentaire sur le pantalon autour de la taille.

  10. Easy fix to an annoying problem I have with pants. I am short with a small waist but more curvy bottom and thigh. I buy the next size up because I don’t like having panty lines show but that means a gaping waistband. I’ve been using belts but they make the waistline pucker and look bad. So glad I found your post!

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