I think my tailor did that but ended up with the wider selvedge hem. Maybe I just have a shitty tailor, but she's an old lady in Chinatown who gets hemming and tapering for $6/e so I don't complain.
Has anyone had better results?
I've collected quite a few APC items over the years and, if it's a comparison you're looking for, I would put them up there with but perhaps not quite alongside Our Legacy in terms of construction and quality, that sort of bracket. Probably above Norse Projects though. Whatever my opinion on comparisons is, their outerwear is genuinely well made stuff.
I once read an interview with the APC head design guy (sorry, can't be bothered to look it up!) and he said APC's vision was "in the 80s looking back at the 50s". I know a few people who do think APC are very eighties, so he must be getting his vision right. They've changed a bit in recent years but still come up with some minimalist belters.
I bought these during the summer (http://streething.com/news/7691/a-p-c-crepe-sole-leather-boots/) and they are pretty good. Comfortable, good quality leather and TTS. I got them 50% off on sale for about $240 and it originally retailed around $500. I would say like other APC products, wait for sale and for $500 you have a lot of other options.
I think you are right. She did mention about charging a lot more because of the hassle to do it from the inseam. Chinatown, man. Old Asian ladies are skilled with the sewing machines and they practically do it for passing time. Sometimes she gives me a $2 discount off tapering if I get pants hemmed and she only tapers in about half an inch.
Ya, definitely watch for the sales. I find the webstores that has the best discounts for APCs and good sizes were TBS, Totokaleo and Hypebeast.