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Kathleen Fasanella

Another problem that is rarely discussed is the waistbands of jeans. What people don't realize is that manufacturers are cutting these out incorrectly (off grain), so that there will actually be greater shrinkage in the girth of the waistband than in the girth of the hips. It's disproportionate. Therefore, when you buy a pair of jeans and you calculate they'll shrink a tad in the hips, they won't shrink the same amount in the waist -they'll shrink more! I have the reasons for why this is done (showing a cutting layout) on my blog if anyone's interested (titled, yet another pet peeve: waistbands).

Imo, if you're paying a premium price for a premium pair of jeans, they should spend the extra 20 cents and cut the waistband on the same grain they're cutting the hips. That way the waist and hips will shrink the same amount. The way it's done now, once your jeans shrink, they may be fine in the hips but the waistband is too small. No, you haven't gotten fat; the jeans are cut incorrectly.

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Imo, if you're paying a premium price for a premium pair of jeans, they should spend the extra 20 cents and cut the waistband on the same grain they're cutting the hips.

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