Yes, they were 'relaxed fit'

If, in the end, a group of seamstresses from San Juan de Lurigancho, Peru, fails to win a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records, it may be because not enough construction cranes were available to help them.

What, you might ask, have seamstresses and construction cranes to do with each other? Simple, the heavy equipment was needed to hoist a pair of bluejeans off the ground. Well, OK, they weren't just any old pair of jeans. Oh, they were made of denim, all right, and had belt loops and those little round copper studs at the corners of all the pockets to hold them together. But the Incredible Hulk and all the 300-pound linemen in the National Football League combined wouldn't even have begun to fill them up.

By the time the seamstresses had finished their work, these pants measured 98 feet across and 141 feet from waistband to cuffs. All that fabric weighed a whopping 7.5 tons, which was why three cranes weren't sufficient to lift them and a fourth had to be sent for.

Alas, the effort caused them to buckle, and the operators finally gave up in defeat. The stunt was organized by a clothing manufacturer – San Juan de Lurigancho has several textile plants – to try to eclipse the current Guinness listing for oversize jeans, held by a group in Medellín, Colombia. By the way, those were 82 feet wide and 114 feet long. (Or should that be tall?) In case you were wondering, the specifics of the Peruvian jeans are being sent under a notary's seal to the record book for consideration. In the meantime, all that fabric is to be cut up and made into backpacks for schoolchildren across the region.

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