(Butt) Crack is Whack

Big Girl has a problem. Sadly it is one that hundreds of thousands of women everywhere have. She just can’t find a pair of jeans that fit right.

Although I’m not so sure that it is that they don’t fit right or the fact that the manufacturers don’t make jeans for active girls. Or girls that just have to sit criss cross apple sauce at school during floor time.

I can find her pants that fit her booty, waist, and legs. It wasn’t easy, but I have found some that fit. They look great on her for as long as she is standing up, but the minute she starts to run, play, and/or sit down they start sliding down her hips and her butt crack shows.

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We’ve tried belts and long shirts, but nothing seems to help. The other day she came home and said, “Mom we have to do something about my pants. The kids are laughing at me because my butt is always showing.” Ugh. A mother’s worst fear (or one of them). Kids laughing at or teasing her baby. Something HAD to be done.

Since we’ve tried on pretty much every pair of jeans I’ve been able to find in a store and they all have the same issue, I knew that it was time for me to come up with a solution of my own. It was time to break out the sewing machine.

I had seen these bands for adults that they could wear under their shirts to look like they had on a longer tank, but I had not seen any for kids. I knew they couldn’t be that hard to make so I decided to give it a try.

This weekend we went to the store and picked out several knits to make “hide yo’ butt crack belt bands.” First I assembled all of my supplies: Scissors, fabric, pins, measuring tape, thread, and sewing machine.

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Next I measured her waist and hips to determine how big the bands needed to be. I cut them about an inch smaller than the measurements so that they would be snug around her middle section.

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I pinned the top at the narrowest measurement, and the bottom and middle at the largest measurement because they needed to be smaller at the top than the bottom. I placed an angled mark for a sewing/cutting line.

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I stitched straight up the side and then trimmed the fabric close to the seam. I turned them inside out and ta-da, the “hide yo’ butt crack belt bands” were ready to be worn.

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This was a super fast and fairly inexpensive project. I think I paid about $10 for the fabric. I had purchased 1/4 yard of each, and I was able to get two bands out of each piece.

What do you think?

Comments

  1. Holy cow!! I’m uber impressed and they look SSOOoO cute!!!

  2. That’s awesome! Good job!! She looks super cute with it on too.

  3. Fantastic Idea Jennifer! Love it!

  4. SMART! I bet she loved those fun prints too! You could make her some infinity scarves to match with any leftover fabric. VERY cute!

    • She is the one that picked out the fun prints. I was all about the coordinating solids. Of course as soon as I was done taking these photos she traded the blue out for the solid black. Go figure.

  5. Such a great idea!!!

  6. Smart! I would have to just buy them–no sewing machine or sewing skills.

  7. Ummm I think you need to come to my house and make some for my Princess. The butt crack issue is one of the many reasons why she hates to wear jeans. She was just complaining about it on Friday.

    You are SUPAH smart and SUPAH crafty.

    Does Big Girl love them?

    • She does love them, but I think the love mainly stems from her being tired of showing her butt. Princess would love these because they are “crinkly.” Isn’t that the word she uses for tight?

  8. very cute!

  9. Nice job!

  10. I think they look great! I had something like this (Bella Band) when I was pregnant with Zoe.. I LOVED it- and it kept my pants up!

  11. Well done. And cheaply. The girls ALWAYS had this problem, and there was one cut that JCP carried that eventually worked well. But they had changed shape by that time.

    • I’m hoping as she gets older and her shape changes that this won’t be as much of an issue. It seems like they make jeans for young girls the exact same way the do for big girls even though their bodies are not shaped the same at all.

  12. Wow, that is absolutely fantastic! I’m glad you found a way to sort it out, because it’s certainly not fun having others laugh at you!

  13. Make yourself and etsy shop and I’ll buy some right now! Zoe has the exact same problem.

  14. I swear I commented earlier. But you know, the ol’office computer and how you just never know.

    It makes me curse so bad I swear some of the words HAVE to be made up.

    Anyway.

    You’re brilliant. This is fantastic. I sent it to my sister to read because she is forever fighting stuff like this with my nieces!

    Again…just brilliant.

  15. Great idea! I often wear camisoles under my shirts and blouses. I’m so short that I can generally tuck the camisoles into my jeans, thus eliminating the gap between my jeans and blouse. I may make myself some of these.

    You could also upcycle old t-shirts into these bands too. I really like this idea.

  16. Awesome idea! Love the fabrics you used

  17. You are a genius! Miss D. has the same issue.

  18. Hi! First time at your blog! Nice! My teen daughter had that same problem. We did keep trying different jeans and belts until we got a combo that worked. I also can’t wear modern bootleg jeans without a belt due to the jeans wanting to fall off my backside when I get in the driver’s seat of the car!!

    :-) Marion

  19. What a great idea! And what a great mom. :)

    I have this issue too. I should try that.

  20. Great stuff! Boys suffer from this problem too, even worse than girls. My son has a really hard time finding pants where his butt crack doesn’t show (as do my husband and father, for that matter, but they’re too old to care ;) ). The other day my son, similar to your story. came home from school saying his classmates were teasing him because his butt was showing. We’ve tried everything as well and nothing has worked – this seems like a great idea!

  21. I think this photo summarizing the guys and girls of “Generation Y” about sums it up:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8zV5dXZBy_s/SWHhuqSiWMI/AAAAAAAAAdk/w16WdJZ4xjQ/s400/butt_crack.jpg

  22. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My daughter came home in tears today because the kids are teasing her about her bum crack. I too have tried on every style of pant and because of how she is built nothing stays up on her slender frame. She has always struggled with this an thanks to a supply teacher yesterday who drew attention to it, the kids we’re mean today. She wears uniforms so I thought there has to be something I can see up or add to her pants to help. Thanks to good ol’ google I found your post. So from one very grateful mom…thanks for the great idea!!

  23. I am definitely going to try this. My youngest girl has this major problem. I have the pants sinched as tight as they go and still “there’s her hiney”

  24. Ok, so I’m new to this sewing thing. What type of material did you use?

  25. My three-year-old has this problem, so I may be making some of these for her. If she’s playing, all I have to say is, “I see…” and she already knows I’ll be saying booty and she pulls up her pants. My five-year-old never had this problem, thankfully. I want to go out and buy a sewing machine just for this! Thank you!

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