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TROUSER ALTERATIONS

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
TO ALTER TROUSERS SMALLER

the solid lines show the fore and back parts of the trousers.

the dotted lines show the stitching lines that will remove the excess fabric.

ok then by the numbers.

1. the most common alteration is takeing in the waist.
notice that the seam tapers off short so as not to reduce the seat area.

2. this takes in the seat as well as the waist both with one seam line.
the price has gone up alittle.

3. this takes in the thigh as well as the crotch [the fork].
this is a separate operation from #2 waist and seat.
this separate alt adds to the price.

these are usual alterations,now comes the recuts.


4. this takes in the side seam on the back part only.
doing items 2 3 and 4 is what some will call a recut and quote a low price.
it is often done at a retail store.but the front has not been changed. and back
is too small in relation to the front the side pockets have been pulled toward the
back.you will have less room to sit down.
and the price goes up.

5. doing items 2 3 4 and 5 is a little better bacause an equal amount is taken off
the front and back sideseams. but the price of the alteration has gone
up agood deal. thats because the side pockets must be removed and then replaced
after cutting.

up to this point doing number 4 or 5 requires removing the waistband with the
lining and belt loops as far as the center of the forepart. later to be replaced.

6. this gives a fully balanced recut.in this the waistband is compleatly removed.
this now includes 2 3 4 5 6. here the entire fly assembly must be removed as well as
later replaced after recutting. front and back parts have the proper proportions in
relation to each other.
now you get the actual price of a true recut.

at this point the trouser front can be dressed since the fly has been removed.
there should not be a charge for the dressing, because the front is being cut
anyway. the ilustrations show the alterations stoping at the knees. but if the customer
wishes the legs to be tapered at the same time it can be done.

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post #2 of 9
Thank you for this.

I want to have a better technical understanding of the tailors art but find many of the articles on Cutter and Tailor overwhelming
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Coburn View Post

Thank you for this.

I want to have a better technical understanding of the tailors art but find many of the articles on Cutter and Tailor overwhelming

+1. Very interesting. Thanks.
post #4 of 9
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cutter and tailor is for pros, diy ers, and apprentices.
post #5 of 9
Is it possible to resize a pair of pants completely. ie: from a size 36 to a size 32 by taking in each seem? My guess is it's likely more expensive than a new pair of pants, but curious if it can be done.
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Originally Posted by filterq View Post

Is it possible to resize a pair of pants completely. ie: from a size 36 to a size 32 by taking in each seem? My guess is it's likely more expensive than a new pair of pants, but curious if it can be done.

yes it can. but if it is practical [read $] is the question.
remember that the trouser back at the seat level is larger than the front at that level.
that is so that you can walk and sit down. if all is taken in the back walking and
sitting can be painful. also the side pockets move to the back.
That is why taking in a large amount at the back only does not work.
post #7 of 9

A friend of mine is, how should I say this, "buttless".  As is his dad.

 

The waist on most of his trousers is ok but the butt is not.  A tailor, so he should do alterations 2 and 3?
 

Maybe more of #2 and less of #3?  and how to measure properly?

 

Thanks in advance for the reply...

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by silkman View Post

A friend of mine is, how should I say this, "buttless".  As is his dad.

The waist on most of his trousers is ok but the butt is not.  A tailor, so he should do alterations 2 and 3?

 
Maybe more of #2 and less of #3?  and how to measure properly?

Thanks in advance for the reply...

the alt for this is 2&3 ..
butt, the better way is to pick out a smaller size that fits around the hips.
then have ther waist let out.
check the outlet cloth at the waist level to see if there is enough cloth.
measure the amount of cloth there and subtract one half inch.
the rest is the amount of gain at the waist.


sorry for the butt thing, couldn't resist it.
post #9 of 9

lol its not my butt so...

 

Butt your idea is great - to get a smaller size trousers and open up the back

 

Thanks for the reply :)
 

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