As someone with large hips and a much smaller waist, I've always got the dreaded "gap at the back of the waist" issue with jeans. Larger hips also mean that my jeans stretch out quicker, which leads to them sliding down a couple days after they've been washed. 

Belts only make the gaping at the back of my jeans worse and I find them pretty uncomfortable, so I wanted a different solution.

While brainstorming, I remembered a product I bought a few years ago from Bristols 6 called the Adjust-A-Button and knew I wanted something like that again. They were really handy, but they'd only last a few months before they'd get bent and start falling off. 

This solution is cheaper and solves all sorts of issues:
  • second and third wear jean stretch
  • expanding the waist line to deal with weight gain
  • bringing jeans in when you lose weight and you're in-between sizes
  • correcting/lessening waist gaps

Step 1: what you'll need:

You'll want to make sure you've got a new button that matches the size of the original one - sizes vary just a bit!
<p>Thanksgiving pants anyone??</p>
PS- I'm naturally skinny and eat about 1 gallon of ice cream a night. For some reason I just don't gain weight easily.
Thank you so much for making this instructable! You don't know how much it means to me. Unfortunately I'm freakishly skinny and people at my school think I'm anorexic. To make matters worse i have super long legs so that makes shopping for pants very hard. I celebrate finding a pair of jeans that fit right and look nice on me. Now that I found this my life will be 1000 times easier! ;-)
I have the same problem... and now I have a solution! Thank you! I can't wait to try this out.
I'd like to try this and I hope it works for me. I'm male and have found that pulling a belt too tight to compensate for jeans which are too loose results in back pain. I also like the no-sew approach to adding the extra fastener.
I really like this as I have the same problem. I cut slits on the inside of the back band and insert elastic, pull it until I get the fit I want and then stitch it down by hand or machine. Thanks
That is a very clever solution! You should make an instructible showing the steps and post it. <br>
I like this. I can now buy a pair of jeans a tad larger than me, and make them fit. You have great ideas. I still remember your instructable on keeping celery fresh, and actually started buying celery again because of it. http://www.instructables.com/id/keep-celery-fresh-for-weeks/ Keep up the good work.
Finally a great idea!!!!!;)
how did you perfectly align the parts?
I think it's an excellent idea
I am just hoping not to ever need this instructable - with the extra button in the other direction...;)
I have that same exact problem, what a great idea!
Perfect, I hate that gap at the back of the waist.

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