Originally Posted by Benjamin E.
Why would forward pleats be harder? The direction of the pleat can easily be changed and thus its direction shouldn't have any bearing on the difficulty of this operation. If you mean that it's harder to bring oneself to ruin a pair of forward pleated pants like that, then I'm in total agreement.
Wrong. And they say blokes have spatial intelligence! You want your pleat edges to end up at a certain location at the waistband. If you flip the pleat over, it will be way too far to one side. Lets say you have a pair with single forward pleats. The extra needs to come from the fly side. However, the crease has to stay in the same place relative to the waistband on the altered trousers
. Therefore, the steps are: Unpick the waistband. Unpick the fly construction. Recut the front at the fly. Possibly recut the front fork, depending on how much room you want to remove. Sew it all up again. I.e. redo all the original work
But if you have a pair with double pleats, then you have another pleat on the other side of the crease! Therefore, you also need to: Unpick the outside seam and pocket, Recut the outside edge, Put the pocket back in Put the waist band back on. If I had to do it, it would take me a whole day, because you have to undo the work, and then redo it all. Seriously, if you're ever in doubt as to how much time an alteration will take, attempt it yourself, and you'll understand the cost.