Just a brief introduction first.
This tutorial was put together by my s-i-l, Karen. She is incredibly talented in many areas, but especially in all things sewing. She is also exceptional at "making more with less." I've picked her brain about all kinds of sewing questions and she helped me buy my serger. She also cheers me on when I try new things or finish a quilt. Did I mention that she is really good at sewing? Way back when, like about 16 (17?) years ago she made her own wedding dress. She is really, really good. And fast. She's also a wonderful Aunty to my kids and great company! Thanks Karen for a great tutorial.
Waistband Adjustment Tutorial
I love getting hand-me-downs, but they often need some kind of adjustment. I have adjusted waistbands on dozens of jeans/pants/shorts over the years. When the bottoms fit well everywhere except in the waist then I like to add an elastic in the back section of the waist band.
Here are the shorts before adjustment.
Open the seam along the bottom of the waistband on each side by the side seam. Open only about 1 1/2 inches.
Slip the elastic through, adjust to fit.
Stitch through the waist band (top to bottom) being sure to catch the elastic.
Close the opening by stitching along the bottom of the waistband.
Fits great now!