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Matching two different pants hem length?

post #1 of 5
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I had a tailor hem one pair of wool dress pants so that there is no break.

I recently purchased a second, different pair of pants with a different style, higher quality and more expensive. I figured I would save some money and went to a local tailor I knew. She is korean and doesn't speak any english but her work is very good.

I asked her to match the pants. The rise and style are different. She shortened the rise to match as close as possible and matched it by inseam, but the second pair of pants was longer. When I compared it by complete length, the longer pants was longer.

I need it rehemmed so there is no break. My initial thought is to have her match the length instead of the inseam. Would this be correct? Or could matching the complete length somehow cause one pants to be too short? Is it just a bad idea to match different style of pants? I am only getting it hemmed, nothing else.
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First, I would find a tailor I could communicate with, 'cause no matter how good she is, if she can't follow what I tell her, then it's no good.

 

Second, why don't you have her fit you so you can see and tell her exactly how you want the break? Quite frankly I had difficulty following your post. (My thoughts: altering the rise is really drastic and only a last resort for "expensive" pants; theoretically the rise shouldn't have anything to do with the inseam).

 

It all seems much ado about nothing. Sorry.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the reply.

To tell you the truth, the reason I ask is because I needed it rehemmed, of course, so I asked her yesterday to match the total length instead of inseam. Inseam matched perfectly on both trousers but the new trousers were still too long for some reason with too much break, so matching total length kind of made sense to me.

Is it safe to do that or would that be a disastrous mistake? I'm kind of ignorant on clothes alteration.
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Originally Posted by Jhnkago View Post

Thank you for the reply.

To tell you the truth, the reason I ask is because I needed it rehemmed, of course, so I asked her yesterday to match the total length instead of inseam. Inseam matched perfectly on both trousers but the new trousers were still too long for some reason with too much break, so matching total length kind of made sense to me.

Is it safe to do that or would that be a disastrous mistake? I'm kind of ignorant on clothes alteration.

 

No problem. Matching by total length wouldn't make sense if they have different rises. Theoretically, same inseam -> same break. But we're talking cloth fabrics, not bricks, so there are a lot of variables.

 

Personally I never try to make two pairs of pants equal. I always put each pair on and select the break I want.

post #5 of 5

Also, break can be an elusive subject, and can change depending on how pants are fastened, the shoes you're wearing that day, your posture (obviously), and even minute things like fabric weight and drape.

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