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How much can pants be taken in?

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Edited by merkur - 7/27/11 at 2:26am
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When a trouser pattern is struck , carefull attention to balance is crucial. Basically, the waist and seat measures are divided by four and distributed evenly across the four parts ( Eight cut edges ) that make up the finished pair of trousers. When too much material is taken out of the back ( seat ) seam this balance is lost. You may find all or some of the following disturbances if the alteration is done in this way.
1. Front crease falls to the outside of the knee rather than the centre. Naturally this also effects where the crease falls over the shoe.
2. Twisting of the trouser legs.
3. Side pockets seam to gape.
4. Rear pockets appear much too close.

In short all elegance and drape will be lost if more than 1.5" is taken in at the back seam.

Hope this helps.
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The trousers would need to be recut; a relatively pricey and dicey alteration requiring the expertise of an above average tailor.
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Edited by merkur - 7/27/11 at 2:23am
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How much damage ($) roughly do you think we would be talking about?
I would guesstimate $80+/-, depending on location and tailor's expertise.
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$80 seems about right for a recut. I had severl 4" recuts tried recently be a few tailors recently, the results were mixed and I am suit shopping now. Maybe just by one inexpensive suit and then go on a diet? If you have the will power you should be able to drop 20lbs in a month or so.
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Edited by merkur - 7/27/11 at 2:42am
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The trousers would need to be recut; a relatively pricey and dicey alteration requiring the expertise of an above average tailor.
This is my experience. It can be done with a successful outcome.
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I am having a pair of Ralph Lauren Purple Label Tuxedo pants taken from a 36 down to a 32/31" right now. My tailor said that is wouldn't be a problem at all, I'll keep you updated as I receive them back from the tailor. as for suits, I am a 40$ drop 8 or drop 9. I always just plan on having the pants taken in. I may be shopping at the wrong places, but I have not found many quality suit makers that produce separates. Then again, I am usually bargain hunting
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Edited by merkur - 7/27/11 at 2:01am
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Me 2! Be sure to post as soon as you get the results

we'll do! I should be seeing them on or about the 24th
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I am having a pair of Ralph Lauren Purple Label Tuxedo pants taken from a 36 down to a 32/31" right now. My tailor said that is wouldn't be a problem at all, I'll keep you updated as I receive them back from the tailor.

as for suits, I am a 40$ drop 8 or drop 9. I always just plan on having the pants taken in. I may be shopping at the wrong places, but I have not found many quality suit makers that produce separates. Then again, I am usually bargain hunting

Wow, that is a fairly hefty drop. Please let us know how it turns out!
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Edited by merkur - 7/27/11 at 2:01am
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Wait, do these pants have back pockets on both sides?
yes they do. I think that they will be used in the process somehow. I think that i noted darts (if you can call them that)that will be allowing some of the room. My build provides some trouble for tailors and buying OTR pants as that I am quite athletic. Often, pants that fit me in the waist (Banana Republic 30s) don't fit me in the quadracept/uppper leg area. The good news is that I can have 32s tailored in at the waist to fit perfectly most of the times. This suit was not purchased for that reason however. I got a lucky and great deal on an RLPL tux from HoldFast here on the board. edt: sorry for the ramble
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Would I be correct in assuming that most people with >6" drops, who don't go for bespoke/MTM, buy their suits as separates? What do they do if the suit they want is not available for purchase as separates?

I'm a 40L, 32" and most RTW looks ridiculous on me, but I tried on a John Varvatos one day, and all his stuff fits me pretty well. God bless him. I thought I was gonna have to go the separates route...
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