Nearly undetectable waist alterations on jeans

A.P.C. jeans with undetectable alterations taking in the waist, serviced by Williamsburg Garment Company.

  By Maurice Malone  Published October 11, 2022

Many people have trouble finding jeans that fit them at the waist because of their body type or because the jeans were poorly designed at the waist. We are one of the very few professional denim alterations services that can help you out of this situation while also tailoring your jeans to fit perfectly and look like they were made that way.

How can you tell whether we have taken in the waist of a pair of jeans? To begin, unlike other tailors, we do not use darts on jeans since, well, jeans aren't trousers, and it just looks weird. Looking closely at the top photo, you'll note some fading along the seat seamline, which is where the waist alteration fades back into the original seat size (in our waist alterations service is called a "mid-seat" ease). Another clue is the lack of little white abrasions on the yoke seam. By the way, the fading effects will return with time and washing. The only other indications that we altered the waist of a pair of jeans is where the waistband was divided. Look behind the A.P.C. label on the jeans below for a seam line. Also, n ote how the new double-needle chain stitch overlaps the old at the crotch. We left the ends cut high to make it easier to spot the work area for this article.

How to take in jeans waist is demonstrated by inspecting the inside of A.P.C. jeans with discreet professional alterations.

What distinguishes us from regular tailors and even most other denim tailoring specialists is that we tailor jeans and return them to you looking as if they were never worked on. No other denim tailoring service can match our combined level of experience, knowledge, and equipment.

Compare how other denim specialists and regular tailors take in the waists of jeans

An example of expensive The Strike Gold denim with DIY jean waist alteration or bad tailoring commonly done by non-denim experts.

You get what you pay for. Or, in some cases what you don't pay for by trying to do it yourself. The Stike Gold jeans above were resewed using thin, fragile thread, in addition to having a poorly adjusted waist technique. Most jeans have a heavy-thread double-needle chain stitched flat-felled center seam. This appears to be do-it-yourself work, although I wouldn't rule out a professional tailor.

These are examples of the kind of work that you can normally expect from others when taking in the waist of jeans. Unfortunately, changes like the ones on the Sandro jeans below were done by a company that claims to be denim experts.

Sandro jeans with a bad waist adjustment is an example of bad tailoring alterations.