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Altering double vents that don't stay closed

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I have a problem with double vents not staying closed. Single vents are even worse. I'm a slim guy with large hips. Is there any alteration that can fix this? Any seams that can be let out? I once had a tailor attach a strip of lining from the two side panels under the vent flap to keep that area closed, but then it pulls open the front and causes rumples in the front.
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Try letting out as much fabric as you can in the seams and going for ventless.

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Buy a suit which actually fits - nothing simpler.
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Originally Posted by deadAngle View Post

Try letting out as much fabric as you can in the seams and going for ventless.

What seams are there to let out? Just the rear centre seam, I imagine. Going ventless doesn't work because then the front is always pulled open and is rumpled because the jacket can't fit around my hips. Double vents that slightly open look better than ventless jackets that are too tight around my hips.
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Buy a suit which actually fits - nothing simpler.

So MTM/bespoke is my only option? This is a problem I have with almost every jacket I try on, except for some very high-end brands I can't afford (like Tom Ford). The skirt is never large enough if the chest and shoulders fit. I'm a size 38 with a size 40-42 seat.
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Originally Posted by Matt S View Post

What seams are there to let out? Just the rear centre seam, I imagine. Going ventless doesn't work because then the front is always pulled open and is rumpled because the jacket can't fit around my hips. Double vents that slightly open look better than ventless jackets that are too tight around my hips.
So MTM/bespoke is my only option? This is a problem I have with almost every jacket I try on, except for some very high-end brands I can't afford (like Tom Ford). The skirt is never large enough if the chest and shoulders fit. I'm a size 38 with a size 40-42 seat.

Let it out at the sides and move the vent, you'll have less overlap of the vent but more closure. You can also open the center seam usually an inch both these alterations in concert should fix the problem.

Or you may need to look at altering the balance on your jackets, could be that the vent is fine but it's hitting the top of your seat causing them to open because of your build/posture.

You need a proper fitter to look and give a diagnosis.
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So MTM/bespoke is my only option?
Not necessarily. Not all jackets are cut and styled identically. Careful choice there, combined with a first-rate alterations tailor, may be enough to yield a good fit.

Or not. There's really no way for me to say, since I'm not a first-rate alterations tailor, you're not standing before me, and I haven't even seen any pictures clearly illustrating the problem.
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