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Monday, 17 August 2015

I Made It Monday: Mum Bum Fix

Mum Bum, Long Bum, Flat Bum... whatever you call it there seems to be an interesting phenomenon plaguing women after a certain age.

Or so I thought.

I had long observed that "older"(... ahem, probably the age I am now!) women seemed to have grown much longer backsides.  Why?  How did that happen? 

Then last year my mother in law gave me a pair of her old jeans, I tried them on and OH NO! I had Mum Bum!  Whereas I am sadly lacking in the curvy derriere department (curvy anything really) I didn't wake up like that, I swear! 

Then it dawned on my.  It had nothing to do with the backside in the jeans, but everything to do with the placement of the pockets.  The pockets were so high that they gave me Mum Bum!  Well that just wouldn't do. 

The jeans were so old, soft, faded and worn that I wanted to turn them into distressed jeans (see here) and thought I'd just wear long tops.  However, as I'm unable to leave anything alone I was determined to rid these jeans of Mum Bum... and it was really easy!

I simply unpicked the pockets (there were no rivets) and moved them down.  After studying my favourite jeans, I noticed that the pockets sat just above the curve of the bottom drawing the eye to your actual bottom, not some random lower back/top of buttocks region.

When sewing the pockets back on I simply followed
the original lines of stitching


These jeans were really faded, as you can see, leaving a shadow of the Mum Bum pockets but as these were distressed jeans I didn't mind & thought it added some interest.

A really simple fix!  Goodbye Mum Bum! 

I never dreamed I would be posting a pic of my rear on the internet.
These are the lengths I'll go to for a DIY explanation!


Just make sure you sew the pockets back on at the same level or you'll look all sorts of wonky!

Have you noticed the Mum Bum phenomenon?  It's not just me, right??

18 comments:

  1. Wow! You're right. The high pockets create a visual delusion, corrected by lowering them. Nice work.

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    1. "Visual delusion", I like it! Well said! Thank you for reading & taking the time to comment. X Allison

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  2. That's the clear proof of how such a small change can transform a whole look. Good work! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Paty @antesAltaquesinsilla.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Paty for reading & commenting! Moving the pockets did make a big difference! x Allison

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  3. They turned out so cute! And you're right the pockets can make or break a good bum!

    www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Thanks Ruth! A small alteration makes a big difference! x Allison

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  4. What a brilliant idea! I'd have never thought of that - definitely going to try it out!
    Sarah :-)
    www.gingermamalife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It really is simple & makes such a difference. Thanks for reading & commenting! x Allison

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  5. Wow, what a great idea! Now if I could only sew. And gee, you can have some of my backside ... I have enough to share! ;)

    Thanks so much for being a part of Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the great link up Dawn - I'm discovering so many great bloggers! X Allison

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  6. I have read that placement of pockets on the backside makes a huge difference. I have no sewing abilities so I have to try on a thousand pair to find one that fits. Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice for the great link up! Yes, pocket placement makes a huge difference!! X Allison

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  7. Hahaha!! This is fabulous! Maybe my flat bum is just due to bad pockets. LOVE IT!! Bron x

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    1. Maybe it is your pockets! But then you'd have to be known as "The Blogger formally known as Flat Bum Mum" and that isn't as catchy... although it worked for Prince...

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  8. ps- sharing on Facebook. Such a great post. B x

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  9. Really entertaining post and great job eradicating your mum bum. I never thought too much about pocket placement but I will after this post!

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    1. Haha, thanks Beth! I hope to spare everyone from the dreaded "Mum Bum"! x Allison

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