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How much can pants be taken in?

post #1 of 8
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I am ready to pull the trigger on a suit (new unaltered) that appears to be a great fit except for the waist of the pants - they are a 42.

I now wear pants with waist of (actual size - I measure with mm laid flat and double) 39-41.5. I can do 38.5" but they are snug.

So I could do these new pants with suspenders (They have side tabs, no belt loops; I'd probably take them to a tailor to sew in braces buttons.) but I am also now jogging again - many moons ago I wore a 33 or 34 waist - I expect to hopefully get back down to a 36 or at least a very comfy 38.

Could these 42s be taken in to 38 without difficulty?
post #2 of 8
Not very likely. The consensus I've seen in posts on this and other forums is that about 2" represents the maximum that the waist can be taken in without distorting the line and cut of the trousers. I suppose that a larger taking-in could be accomplished if the tailor essentially re-cut the trousers through the hips/butt region and re-sewed them to a leaner profile, but I doubt that the result would be completely satisfactory unless the tailor were an accomplished maker of trousers.
post #3 of 8
if you have to ask that question, dont buy them
post #4 of 8
I don't know, I think you might be able to get more than 2" out at that size even the simple way. Once you get to your goal weight/waist size, you can send the pants off to a good tailor and they can certainly be recut properly (maybe look at the expense as a reward).

My question is, are you wearing your current pants at the right rise? Not to be insulting, but many men are hitching their pants under a belly and they look terrible. Hopefully, you will use suspenders and hang them a little below your navel where they will drape and help conceal any overhang. I recently helped a family member with this problem and he was so relieved when he saw/felt how they could fit with suspenders. He said he wanted to get suspender buttons sewn in all his pants since they were so much more comfortable that way. I am nearly convinced that cinching a belt down tight under a belly must be causing abdominal stress and possibly back problems as one adopts the posture necessary to keep one's pants from falling down.
post #5 of 8
the pockets make a mess though J, they get too close to the seams.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by m@T
the pockets make a mess though J, they get too close to the seams.
Like I said, I recently dealt with this and a size 42 waist pair of pants has quite a bit of space between the pockets. Taking 2" out of a 34 is like taking ~2.6" out of a 42, assuming similar proportions. And I have read of many people having trousers successfully recut significantly more than that. It's not something for the dry cleaning lady, but it can be done well.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by j
Like I said, I recently dealt with this and a size 42 waist pair of pants has quite a bit of space between the pockets. Taking 2" out of a 34 is like taking ~2.6" out of a 42, assuming similar proportions. And I have read of many people having trousers successfully recut significantly more than that. It's not something for the dry cleaning lady, but it can be done well.

Thanks J

I wear my trousers (other than Levis 501s, which are on my hips but belted - no crack allowed) at or just under navel if plain front (unusual for me) and at or slightly above navel, firmly above small of waist if pleated. Being 5'8" ish and 220 lbs I have to watch the "Fred Mertz" disease (aka 'the man who was eaten by his pants' syndrome) but I have short legs (29" inseam) so I like the longer vertical line of waist pants.

I think I will go for them....it's a nice enough suit to warrant the expense or the reward recut. Then again who knows if this old man can even lose the weight at this point? I ran three times this week and gained 3 pounds!!!
post #8 of 8
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btw, thought I'd add: when I was fitted for an MTM by Martin Greenfield he kept putting me in a larger and larger pant (BB suits) so I could get the fullness needed in rise and seat (In addition to being stocky and fat, I cycle a lot so my butt and hamstrings are big.) so bigger pants tapered down may be a blessing.....just have to find a decent tailor.

Any recommendations in NYC for recutting pants? (here they are, btw)
LL
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