How 'bout using some fun fabric to fix the problem and go retro at the same time?
Well this is a carpenter - "sew" what could be more perfect than a fabric insert that looks like a tape measure?
Fun fabric to fix the too tight fit.
If you are a quilter - you could think of piecing the pattern together to create a work of art...
And these pants make me smile. So much fun in one little piece - okay maybe two - pieces of fabric. :D