Ever buy a pair of shorts (or pants, but I’m in Florida and basically live in shorts) and the rise is just too long? You feel like you’ve got them pulled up to your chest just to have them not look like droopy drawers. Most annoying! With kids, you can roll the waistband down, and chances are as they grow, they’ll grow into them and you won’t have to roll it anymore. However, as an adult, you probably aren’t going to grow into your shorts (or at least I hope not!) As long as they don’t have a functional fly, it’s actually very easy to fix!
First, I iron the waistband to get rid of the wrinkles and to make it easier to line up and sew in place.
For kids, you roll the waistband down and to the outside simply because that’s the only way it works. However, for adults, you want to turn it to the inside so it can be sewn down. I turn it down on the seam and clip it into place.
Then, sew it down by sewing close to the bottom edge. I usually line up the outside edge of the presser foot with the bottom edge of the waistband. If you have thread that matches what the manufacturer used (in this case denim yellow) that’s fine, but in my case I went with navy blue so it wouldn’t show.
All sewed and ready to go. It probably takes 10 minutes tops to do this – quick & easy!
The only thing that might be a problem is the pockets. You’ll be sewing through them and making the opening about two inches smaller. It shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s something to think about before you sew the waistband down.
See – you can still fit your hand easily into the pocket. It’s not as deep as before either, but it’s still functional and there’s no more droopy drawers!