Advice on getting jeans tapered?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by uluvbs, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. abrocketsfan

    abrocketsfan Senior member

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    Most non-raw jeans will have some sort of finish that is different close to the seams and this will be eliminated when the jeans are tapered.

    Also, some tailors will not replicate the original stitch. You may need to clarify whether or not they can close the seam with the same stich and color with little or no visual difference in the actual tailoring (on the outside at least).

    I've had a pair of AG jeans that I'm giving away because the tailor tapered them and stitched them back like they were trousers [​IMG] If the tailor has samples, that's the best way to make sure you're in good hands.
     
  2. allan1

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    I strongly recommend to take your jeans to denim specialist.
    As stated above, the hem needs to be stiched as original way of sawing (like japanese denim comapny use union machine for its finish).

    In addition, the type of thread is also important. Some even use different colour (it's ok if you ask so!). Sometime thread is 100% cotton, or poly-cotton (like 50%-50%).

    Hope the person who tapering the jeans knows what they are doing, otherwise it's better buy new pair with your prefered cut.

    If you don't bother much, just take your jeans to dry clearning shop in the corners, and see what happens!

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. BrettChaotix

    BrettChaotix Senior member

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    I'd just say that you should never take an expensive pair of jeans to a tailor that you've never used before. You don't want to find out they are clueless after they've ruined a pair of expensive jeans.

    Ask them to show you some of the other jeans they currently have in the shop for other customers so you can get an idea of what they are comfortable doing. If they don't have any other customer getting jeans altered - that's probably not the tailor for you.

    Additionally - make sure you give the tailor very clear instructions not to press or launder your raw denim unless absolutely necessary. Make sure they write on a note attached to the jeans. Ask them upfront what type of pressing they might need to do in order to complete the work.

    I'll end with two stories:

    I took a pair of year-old, never washed, raw Nudies to a tailor to have the zipper replaced - no other work requested. Not only did he replace the zipper but he pressed all of the wrinkles and honeycombs out of the jeans (apparently a free pressing was included with any alternation work they do) - in an effort to do something nice they ruined a years worth of work on the jeans.

    Last month, I took my new SCxSE06 to the same tailor to have them tapered a bit. I was very clear to them about not pressing or laundering the jeans in anyway. They actually called me at work, apologizing profusely, to let me know that they would need to press the jeans a bit to perform the alterations. They even offered to let me come in and watch while they pressed them to make sure I was OK with what they were doing - in the end the jeans came out great and I appreciate the extra effort they took.

    Tailors need repeat customers and referrals to survive - find a good one and they will treat you well!
     
  4. abrocketsfan

    abrocketsfan Senior member

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    Now we're getting some real advice, first few posts were like "anyone can do it!"
     
  5. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    5'11", or 6' if I feel up to it. [​IMG]

    Here are the Crates I had done, before and after:

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    who tapered those? that is a damn good job
     
  6. onion

    onion Senior member

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    My tailor did an excellent job tapering my Ande Whall Grifters Streaky (made before Ande significantly changed the cut of grifter's), though I made very sure he knew exactly what I wanted done. We spent 10 or 15 minutes discussing everything he was going to do, the chain stitched hem (which he can do, though not a Union Special), exactly where I consider the location of the knee to be (12" below crotch), how much taken in at the knee and hem (I believe 9 1/2" to 8 1/4" @ knee, 8 1/2" to 7 1/2" @ hem), tolerance I was willing to accept (told him to go slimmer if anything, but no more than 1/4" off of my measurements), made sure he did not launder or iron the jeans, etc, etc. I think the key in getting good results is to be as specific as possible with your tailor, before having them altered. Also, FWIW, my tailor wanted me to try them on, but I didn't feel the need to, and went solely off of measurements (primarily from my pair of RRLs I love). I'm not sure which is better, but I'm very happy with the route I went.

    The jeans went from being worn maybe 4 times in a few months of owning them to being my go to jeans. I'm beyond happy with the work he did, considering I was going to sell them because I disliked the cut so much.

    Oh and let me add, he is just a normal alterations tailor, not a denim specialist by any means. I found out about him through reviews saying he did an excellent job tailoring wedding dresses, and figured a wedding dress is wayyyy more complicated than anything I'd ever need.
     
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    I have a piar of APC rescues that I would like to get tailored to bring in the calf and ankle. Can I do it with the rescue cut or would I be infringing on MC Hammer pants? Also they havent been washed yet. Besides the obvious fact that the tailor might not appreciate unwashed jeans, should I wash them so I can bring them back to more of their original shape? I have had them 3 months and I *think* they are done stretching.
     
  8. warlok1965

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    who tapered those? that is a damn good job

    Anthony Aiello.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-golden-t...stlake-village

    The man knows his shit; he is a true tailor having grown up in Italy and apprenticed as a young boy to a master tailor. Every time I visit I need to set aside at least a half hour because he loves to talk. Last time he showed me his tailor's "bible" (written in Italian of course) that shows you how to create every conceivable menswear garment under the sun, including medieval tunics, roman togas, viking shit, lounge suits, you name it. When guys like him retire I don't know who will replace them.
     
  9. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    cool he is nearby. i'll stop by and see him sometime when i visit my folks in simi valley. thanks!
     
  10. Warren G.

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    Haha warlok..my tailor is the same way. Me and my tailor always talk when I stopped by.
     
  11. warlok1965

    warlok1965 Senior member

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    cool he is nearby. i'll stop by and see him sometime when i visit my folks in simi valley. thanks!

    When you stop by tell him "He who controls the spice controls the universe". He'll know what it means.

    Haha warlok..my tailor is the same way. Me and my tailor always talk when I stopped by.

    Yeah sometimes its a bit crazy cuz he's giving me some recipe for broiled chicken with cranberries that he came up with and I'm totally in a hurry... but I'll take it over the local dry cleaner chop shop any day.
     
  12. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    When you stop by tell him "He who controls the spice controls the universe". He'll know what it means.




    ok sure, is that his special discount code or something?
     
  13. warlok1965

    warlok1965 Senior member

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    LOL yes he is a member of the spacing guild just like you.
     
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    Is it possible/advisable to have jeans tapered from the knee down? I like the fit of my Flathead F380s everywhere except the leg opening; it's just a smidge too big, and falls over the heels of my Chucks and Onitsukas. I get around the problem by double-cuffing when I wear such footwear (with all other footwear, I single-cuff 'em), but I'd really rather have a slightly smaller leg opening...
     
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