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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
finally got a set of Albert Thurston braces while in NYC. seems silly, but how do you adjust them? are you meant to cut the boxcloth to fit, then have the remainder sewn into a triangle shape, which would be fed thru the white loop/ keeper?
post #2 of 19
Foxx: I've been wearing Albert Thurston boxcloth braces for 3 years and it never crossed my mind to trim or finish the ends. Now I am wondering if I have committed the braces equivalent of rolling my trouser legs up instead of having them hemmed to the proper length. I buy the size M braces and there isn't much cloth left over to be trimmed or shaped. I went to the new and official Albert Thurston homepage, but it provided no guidance. There wasn't even a button to ask about products. I did find the old Thurston page, and it appears from the photo depicting the man wearing the red braces that the ends have not been adjusted. http://www.the-internet-pages.co.uk/braces.htm Bic
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
aha, got my answer from Steed of London, savile row: "Yes, use the end of one side as a template and cut to size."
post #4 of 19
Foxx: I wonder if you have finished triming the ends to your braces yet. How did it go? Could you post a picture? I am a bit hesitant to cut mine. Bic
post #5 of 19
Hello there
In my experience trimming can be dangerous.. especially if you intend to ever wear them with different trousers!!!..

I usually leave the loose ends hanging over the waistband of my trousers.. however, if this doesn't feel right then just tuck them in!!.
Some images can be seen here..
http://www.fogeygentleman.co.uk/chalk.jpg
post #6 of 19
A shoe repair shop will have the equipment to trim them and the one I use duplicates the original curved end.

The ideal length is for the brace end to extend to the bottom of the trouser waistband, like the necktie.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Will
A shoe repair shop will have the equipment to trim them and the one I use duplicates the original curved end.

The ideal length is for the brace end to extend to the bottom of the trouser waistband, like the necktie.

I've just ordered my first pair of braces and your answer inspired a few additional questions. Are your front brace buttons on the inside or outside of your waistband? Does it matter? Also, do the barathea braces have that trailing end? Thanks.
post #8 of 19
If you don't want to cut the boxcloth, you can always just tuck the ends into your waistband.

Oh, and Thurston also makes non-boxcloth braces that don't need to be cut or tucked.
post #9 of 19
How do you tell if a pair is non boxcloth/barathea?
post #10 of 19
The bright plains and regimentals are barathea (unless some other fabric is specified).
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by josepidal
How do you tell if a pair is non boxcloth/barathea?
If it's thick and fuzzy and slightly narrower (1" I think), it's boxcloth. If it's thin and shiny and about 1 1/4" wide, it's not.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
by the way, i gave up on thurston braces long ago for this reason-- stuck with trafalgar and (most recently) Garrick Anderson.

I just couldn't have extra cloth flopping around at my waist, but not sure i could cut and sew them correctly.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
by the way, i gave up on thurston braces long ago for this reason-- stuck with trafalgar and (most recently) Garrick Anderson.

I just couldn't have extra cloth flopping around at my waist, but not sure i could cut and sew them correctly.

You are implying Thurston produces nothing but boxcloth braces, but that's not the case.
post #14 of 19
Boxcloth can be cut and will not unravel. I have always understood this is why it is used for braces. It is intended for trimming.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
by the way, i gave up on thurston braces long ago for this reason-- stuck with trafalgar and (most recently) Garrick Anderson.

I just couldn't have extra cloth flopping around at my waist, but not sure i could cut and sew them correctly.

I haven't cut my boxcloth braces, but Thurston braces are sized. The medium braces fit well enough that there is not too much fabric left over.
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