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narrowing pant legs: how do they do it?

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Just out of curiosity, how exactly does a tailor slim pant legs? I'd imagine that they open up the inseam and just stitch it back together, as opening up the outseam would be more work, and may cause problems up at the waistband. Does anybody know for sure?
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When I do it, I leave the inseam stitched and just stitch a new line tighter in. Try them on inside out to see how they fit, and if they are okay, I undo the original inseam. If it's more than a little bit, I take a little more from the back part than the front since the back part is always bigger and I try to maintain the balance. Once I'm happy with them I re-press the seams and creases.
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Originally Posted by j
When I do it, I leave the inseam stitched and just stitch a new line tighter in. Try them on inside out to see how they fit, and if they are okay, I undo the original inseam. If it's more than a little bit, I take a little more from the back part than the front since the back part is always bigger and I try to maintain the balance. Once I'm happy with them I re-press the seams and creases.

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when tapering legs, the new seams are sewn firs tthen the old seam is removed and the seams are press opened. each of the four seams must be taken in an equal amount. this is so that the pant legs stay balanced. if only the inseam is taken in then the crease will not be centered.
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Originally Posted by a tailor
when tapering legs, the new seams are sewn firs tthen the old seam is removed and the seams are press opened. each of the four seams must be taken in an equal amount. this is so that the pant legs stay balanced. if only the inseam is taken in then the crease will not be centered.

Thanks a tailor.

that makes it sound rather involved... the bias implied by your moniker aside, should I spring for a real tailor, or can the lady who hems my pants at the dry cleaners be trusted to do it?
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