Thursday, November 13, 2008

Shopping With Kevin

I took Kevin shopping for jeans the other day. He's in another growth spurt and is showing a lot of ankle again so I set out to cover them up.

The boy is rapidly approaching six feet tall, he's probably just a half inch shy now, and he weighs 110 pounds. Picture a light pole looming over everybody nearby, a light pole with a lot of sock glaring between the jeans and the high-top sneakers, that is. I headed to Sears so see what they had. In the Boys' department he's about a size 12 in the waist and a 20 in length. In the Men's department he's about a 25x32. However, the smallest waist available is 28". Sheesh.

I gave him a pair of regular fit 28x32 Lee's and took him to the men's fitting room. Three times I explained about going in the room, putting on the new pants, and coming back out to show me. I was apprehensive but hopeful. I waited outside the door for what seemed like forever, and eventually he came out wearing jeans that were finally long enough, but sereral inches too big at the waist and very baggy in the butt. They didn't droop too much as to violate the dress code at school so I decided to buy them. I found four pairs of 28x32 pants, each a different color and asked him to pick out two. I asked him if he wanted a belt. "NO!"

The next day I did some searching on the 'net for skinnier jeans. I found a place that'll make them for you for $135 but the smallest waist on their pull-down list was 28". Sheesh. Not that I would actually spring for $135 jeans for my baby, but why brag about custom-fit jeans if you're not going to make them small enough for your average bean pole?

And before you even ask, No, I'm not going to make jeans for him myself!

 

9 comments:

genehack said...

If you don't mind sewing denim with your machine, it's not that hard to take "tucks" in jeans. I'm not sure you can carve three inches off the waist, but one or two shouldn't be that big a deal...

Anne said...

Gene - Thanks, but the waistband would have to be removed before your tucks are done, then sewn back on again, which is a royal pain in the butt. Taking tucks in a denim waistband is not really effective because of the stress on the stitches through four layers of fabric.

Since when do you read my blog?

Kerri said...

Geesh!! I thought Jake's growth spurts were bad! It seems I have it pretty good!!

VE said...

ha ha...I used to be skinny like that too. They should give a discount for the lack of material needed in making the pants!

iamnot said...

S is heavy, so I've had the oposite problem.
He's just growing in to himself and I can get jeans off the rack...sometimes.

LostInColor said...

Try Wranglers, Original fit! You will find a small enough waist and long enough length for sure! okay dropped by to see the grapes and purple hair. ;)

Anne said...

iamnot, I can always find 'husky's' but not ultra slims.

lost, they're not out of the camera yet... sorry, please come back!

Mom said...

And happy birthday to you

John said...

C'mon Mom! The boy can't walk around with a droopy butt.

And Happy Birthday too.