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    Modifying Trousers For Belly

    I've posted this query on the beautyabilty site, but I'd like to hear from any Carecurers who can help too. Please! (laughs slightly desperately)

    The problem is this: I have a few pairs of non-stretchy black trousers. They fit, but I really need them to be looser around my para belly.

    I'm thinking there might be some way of adding some material, to make the stomach area looser.
    Is this correct?

    Any suggestions gratefully received!

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    My wife used something similar when she was pregnant. Basically they were denim pants with an elastic type material sewn in the front, so her belly could expand. They looked kinda funny, but they worked!

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    I am a c8 incomplete with the full on belly. I also wear slacks most days. Pre sci I wore 34x34 pants/slacks/jeans. Post sci (~7yrs) I wear the same pants as before, just up the sizing to 36x36. The leg length prevents the high rise look and the waist leaves room for my larger gut. Also, I wear them right under my belly, not on it. When I get dressed I lean way back in my chair (straighten my body out) for zipping and belting. The pants go on stay there and don't fall down during transfers. I know this doesn't point toward a place to buy stretchy trousers, but maybe it will help or give you some ideas for alternatives.

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    jpw, what if you had someone (tailor, seamstress, etc.) cut a "V" shaped wedge in the back of the pants and slugged in an elasticized material? That would provide you with more belly room in the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey
    jpw, what if you had someone (tailor, seamstress, etc.) cut a "V" shaped wedge in the back of the pants and slugged in an elasticized material? That would provide you with more belly room in the front.
    Wouldn't that mean you were sitting on seams at the back (where the V was cut out)?
    I don't want to sit on seams!

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    Keps

    I have been pondering this one as well. My former sixpack appears to be a 12 pack and while trousers fit me lying down, as soon as I sit up, my furry paunch pushes them out. Simply taking a size larger doesn't really help me as I need the front to be accessible for catheters -- I don't have any finger grip so I can't be fiddling with buttons or zips.



    My solution, although I haven't tested it yet, is to get some Jersey material from boxer shorts or thin jogging pants and cut a V out of them to stitch into the front of my jeans or trousers when they are slightly open, creating a stretchy front which I can access when I need to 'go'. This doesn't really allow you to wear anything tucked into the trousers, but to be honest my stomach sticks out worse when I do that!



    I will let you know when I get my first few pairs roadtested. To be honest, I don't think these heavy chairs that you and I are in (action 2000!! yaaaaaay) are conducive to your posture. I spend half the day trying to sit up straight in mine and still wind up half lying down!! When I tried a light weight in hospital, with a bit of a bucket seat, I sat up far better and felt far thinner!!!

    Now if anyone has a solution to wearing a suit, shirt and tie - please let me know.
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    i wear my dress pants under my belly
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuentejps
    i wear my dress pants under my belly
    OMG, I do something like fuentejps!!! ... maybe we can be friends now

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    Quote Originally Posted by keps
    Wouldn't that mean you were sitting on seams at the back (where the V was cut out)?
    I don't want to sit on seams!
    I've yet to wear a pair of pants that didn't have a seam in the back

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    Quote Originally Posted by LooseCannon
    I've yet to wear a pair of pants that didn't have a seam in the back
    I meant seams other than the one down the middle of the seat.

    I'm no way wearing any trousers below my belly! That would be almost obscene!

    Rhino,
    I look forward to hearing how the trouser experiments go! I wish you luck!

    I do slump in my groovy Action 2000 too, but I like to slump; if I'm sat bolt upright, I tend to pass out!
    I wish this weren't the case, as sitting more upright does reduce the appearance of the dreaded belly.

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