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Jeans are too big. Need advice.

post #1 of 14
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I have some Express and Ralph Lauren jeans that are size 32 and 33 that I need shrunk down to a size 30 waist. Do you have any idea how this can be done without breaking the bank going to a good tailor? What are the prices for a waist adjustment with a tailor anyhow?
post #2 of 14
Buy new jeans. Seriously. Your jeans will go pear-shaped pretty easily.
post #3 of 14
Since we're on the subject, how would a tailor go about taking the waist in? Are there any side effects? I didn't realize this was possible. In this hypothetical situation, the jeans would fit fine except in the waist, and would be taken in an inch.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ahaz
Since we're on the subject, how would a tailor go about taking the waist in? Are there any side effects? I didn't realize this was possible.

In this hypothetical situation, the jeans would fit fine except in the waist, and would be taken in an inch.

I've never seen jeans taken in the waist that didn't severely throw off the fit of the jeans.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ahaz
Since we're on the subject, how would a tailor go about taking the waist in? Are there any side effects? I didn't realize this was possible.

In this hypothetical situation, the jeans would fit fine except in the waist, and would be taken in an inch.


If you fixed all your jeans, nobody would have a chance to buy your rejects!
post #6 of 14
Assuming it's even possible, I cannot imagine how any pair of jeans from Express could be worth the cost and difficulty.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by digital_denim
If you fixed all your jeans, nobody would have a chance to buy your rejects!

Yeah, you're right. Check out my thread in Buying and Selling - Jomon in size 30, $195 shipped obo.

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ahaz
Yeah, you're right. Check out my thread in Buying and Selling - Jomon in size 30, $195 shipped obo.


DUDE. Don't do that to me. Just... don't. That's not right.
post #9 of 14
"Taking in" a pair of jeans is possible. I took a couple of pairs of levi 501's to a tailor to have the waist taken in and it wasn't worth it. He wanted to charge me $20 per pair (rediculous price imo) when I could just get a different kind of jean that would fit better (even if it was more expensive). It seems to require a lot of work. The waistband needs to be removed from the jean(I think), shortened, then fabric needs to be removed from the jeans themselves to accomodate the shortened waistband. Plus, "ripping" the waistband from the jeans and sewing it back on isn't the easiest thing due to denim being a pretty thick, coarse fabric. It's easier to sell poor fitting jeans on ebay and buy a better or different pair of jeans (imo).
post #10 of 14
Put the old jeans in the closet. The old jeans will shrink in the closet lol.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Brian SD
DUDE. Don't do that to me. Just... don't. That's not right.

Haha, yeah, me too. I was like, "No way. He has got to be joking."

Then I thought, "I dunno... I slept on those Eternals...."

Then, "No, definitely joking. I mean, obviously. C'mon."

And then I clicked on the Buying/Selling forum.
post #12 of 14
I must be an idiot------had to search Ahaz's previous posts AND clicked on Buying and Selling------don't trick me like that!!!
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You guys are lucky, I was thinking about going with a more believable number, like $3xx.
post #14 of 14
Ummm...I'm going to contradict previous posters here and say that you can have your jeans taken in at the waist and the world will not end because of it. I had a pair of Earnest Sewn Hutchs taken from a 34 to an approx 32-33" waist and had the seat taken in. I went to a mall alterations place where I have most of my clothing adjusted. They are industrioius and knowledgable Eastern European women and did the whole thing for under $20 IIRC. They matched the threads and seaming perfectly and the jeans fit infinitely better. So my advice is find someone who is knowledgable, and if you're lucky cheap, and go for it. I wouldn't recommend taking the jeans in more than 2" though.

A.
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