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Pants - Repair question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Henry Boogers, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Well-Known Member

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    I have a great pear of wool pants that get pretty heavy wear and are starting to show it. Although they have plenty of life left in them, I noticed that area near the backside of the crotch seam is wearing quite thin (Under my arse..probably where the fabric rubs together as I walk). Are there any simple, and effective solutions to get more life out of these pants or would any repair be similar to when my Mom put stick-on jeans patches on my knee-holes when I was 7?
     
  2. Alexis

    Alexis Well-Known Member

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    You are nearing a dead end. Go shopping instead and love it.
     
  3. j

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    I agree, you will need to get rid of those. It has been posited before on this forum that lining in pants may help keep certain areas that rub together from taking so much wear, as the lining will be able to rub against the outer fabric instead of the outer fabric having to rub against itself. I don't think we ever got a positive answer to this, or know if this applies to your situation (no pictures please) but it may help you choose a replacement pair.
     
  4. FIHTies

    FIHTies Well-Known Member

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    Ru Paul?

    Incidentally, We had this discussion a few months ago. Popular concensus was that there was little to do, perhaps proactively yes but now probably not.

    Recently at a tailor I mentioned the problem and he (being a bespoke) fused some jacket fusing to the crotch area which gave the additional lining without the additional thicknes which would only exacerbate the issue.

    JJF
     
  5. j

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    Fused lining? Wouldn't that defeat the whole purpose, or am I missing something?
     
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    FIHTies Well-Known Member

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    Just at the crotch area a small fused patch. It creates an additional layer withour actually bulking up there, and causing more friction.

    JJF
     
  7. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Well-Known Member

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    Very well, to Syms I go. Thanks for the feedback...I must have missed the previous post (I guess it wasn't an urgent issue back then). Maybe I will follow my Grandfathers rule and wear them until I break through. [​IMG]
     
  8. Leo Jay

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    Is it really due to friction from walking? When I've encountered this is the past, I'd attributed it to friction caused by sitting/shifting around on office chairs upholstered with coarse fabric.

    Regardless, in such an instance, is there any possibility that a skilled re-weaver would be able to save a much-loved pair of slacks that one were resistant to part with?
     
  9. kabert

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    Well, I'll add to the "go buy some new ones" chorus. However, it is entirely possible to add a piece of fabric on the inside behind the area getting worn thin. It's a very easy fix -- I had it done a couple years ago to a favorite pair of heavy wool Brooks Brothers golden fleece slacks. The pants now have a new(er) lease on life. As with any fix though, care must be taken in sewing and in selecting the fabric to use for the repair, as you naturally don't want the repair to be visible on the outside and you don't want it to negatively affect comfort....
     
  10. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Well-Known Member

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    Well, I'm not really sure if its from walking or sitting. I suppose it doesn't much matter in the end. <-- Pun Intended.
     
  11. bestmastertailor

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    A repair can be made as if you can find similiar goods, a crotch piece can be put in, but ONLY if the goods matches closely. Have the tailor where you are buying your new pants sew silicia in the thigh/crotch area which will help prevent crotch wear on the fabric. It is wearing out from the INSIDE, mainly from heavy thighs, but sometimes your junk will cause wear and tear.
     
  12. Zubberah

    Zubberah Well-Known Member

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    Forget the reasoning - time for a new pair. Very simple.
     
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    I have had a similar problem with trousers of mine in the past, and was told it was due to perspiration in that area of the pant, and that adding a "crotch lining" would take the brunt of the abuse. It has worked very well, but i havent had it done with all my pants.
     
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    Sicilia? Could you clarify? Not familiar with this term. Thanks.
     
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  16. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Well-Known Member

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    True. *reaches down and feels chair* I don't think the chair is overly abrasive. I will just buy new pants and be done with it. I highly suspect it is rubbing as I walk since I have very muscular legs.
     
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    My spelling isn't always the best.......SILESIA.....usually a poly/cotton material used mainly for pocketing, but also works a a crotch lining, sleeve interfacing, etc.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. Even if you had spelled it right, I still wouldn't have known what it was. [​IMG] I don't remember whether we got an answer on this question before: does a lining that moves independently from the shell fabric with low friction (like Bemberg) prevent wear better than, say, silesia or fused interlining? I have these theories sometimes, I don't know where they come from, but I'd like to hear some tailors' opinions. Though I don't know if Bemberg would be the most comfortable for the crotch, vice silesia or fusing.
     
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    WHat is most comfortable depends on if you are going commando or not. Clients that go commando I use Bemberg lining, but it wears faster. I sew my crotch lining into the seams and use a blindstitch to secure it to the fabric.
     

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