Is it possible to switch out flap pockets for patch pockets on a jacket by using fabric from an extra set of pants? Any problems with this? Also any idea how much it would cost?
I suppose it's doable, but you'd end up with a monster of a patch pocket. A flap pocket is sewn into the fabric and canvas. So even if you remove the flap you're left with a slit and pouch on the inside. Maybe the tailor could close up the slit (?) but even then you'd have a very bulky patch.
Also, would you be ruining the extra pair of pants?
Seriously, destroy a pair of pants just for the pockets??
Ask a tailor, my hunch is that it won't be cheap. Pockets aren't easy to alter: he's gotta close up the old one, measure the new one. He might run into difficulties with finding lining or sewing on an already finished garment.
Yes, I could get an extra pair of pants for this particular suit for very cheap right now which is why I ask. I much prefer patch pockets on my jackets but love the suit enough and was just curious how the change would be done and if it was feasible. Anyone with any real life experience with this?
I appreciate the sentiment, however, the suit does not offend me. The suit is spier & mackay so I do not think it is a "cheap" suit (for my standards), the price is just on clearance right now which would make it possible for me to get an extra pair of pants for about $30 which would give me the material possibly needed to change out the pockets. I never said I would not wear the suit as it, I would just prefer patch pockets to flap pockets as I feel that way I could possibly also wear it as a separate. I appreciate you guys trying to give me life advice, but I am not really asking whether or not it is wasteful to do this or if I should get rid of the suit, I am just asking if it is possible and what the possible cost would be.
Would take this approach with your suit jacket.
Does the cloth lend itself to patch pockets? If the cloth finish,color, texture or pattern is screaming suit; would patch pockets look right with this cloth? Can think of very few cloth types that a suit with patch pockets would look coherent.
Do you know who would do the work? How many tailors do you have access to and are they willing to do the work at a price you think is reasonable. Could see this costing much more than the cost of the extra trouser.
The limitations to doing this is the pocket placement of the existing flap pocket. The cut in the cloth where the existing pocket is will have to be covered with a strip of lining and then the patch pocket will have to be high enough by at least an inch or so to conceal the cut. Would the pocket position be awkward because of the size and position the patch pocket would require to cover the cut in the cloth?
One option is to add patch pockets and leave the flap on top of the patch and remove the pocket bag. This is usually done on very casual jackets and almost always odd jackets and not suit jackets. Creates a very casual look and would not be appropriate when worn as a suit in my opinion.
The pockets are usually done first before any other work on the jacket. It is a pain to add them after the jacket is made due to restricted access created by the lining and facing.
If you have all affirmative answers to the above questions then do it. You can only be disappointed and lose a suit and extra trouser.