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MacGyver lite: pant fly extender trick

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This is a cool, simple trick for giving yourself a bit more room with pant buttons that I've picked up from knowing some smart, crafty pregnant people. Of course it's suitable for anyone who needs a bit more room in the button area of their pants. I keep meaning to mention it here because it solves a lot of my pant-fit foibles. It gives enough room for comfort/ease and with a substantial tee (or layered tees) you don't see it anymore than you'd already see the button of your jeans without the MacGyvering (as long as you're not wearing your shirts tucked in). People tell me that pants suddenly not fitting are usually a big struggle during body changes, and it's not always practical or possible to buy doubles in a different size. So this is one way to extend the use of your pants.

1) get a ponytail elastic
2) loop through button hole (you know the way bookmark tassles are looped through the holes punched in bookmarks? like that.)
3) profitsecure the elastic loop you created over the button (instead of putting it through the fabric hole).

Here's an image of what I'm taking about via the mommylist blog. Basically you're just creating the external loop closure you see at the neckline on a lot of vintage dresses. It's possible everyone knows this trick by now, but on the off chance you didn't, there you have it.

Edit: I wanted to mention that if you've got pants where the zipper slides down, it's another opportunity to put your hair elastics to work. loop through the zipper end and then around the button to keep your zipper securely done up. This works best with smaller elastics.

x-posted to fatshionista
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On July 14th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC), teanut commented:
Awesome! I did not know. :)
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On July 21st, 2010 03:25 am (UTC), eunice_eunice commented:
there are so many things I liked about mat clothes that should be done in other clothes, like stretchy waistbands on woven pants or skirts. I actually think Reitmans has started to do it. Or waist bands that are folded over so that you can pull them up when you are sitting on the floor to avoid showing a coin slot. The thing is people are on avg 2-3 inches bigger around when sitting than when standing, so sometimes things aren't as comfortable as they should be.
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