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Altering a pair of cotton pants

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by solzhenitsyn, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. solzhenitsyn

    solzhenitsyn Well-Known Member

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    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws....IT&rd=1 A reasonable deal on a pair of BR grey cotton pants that I would plan to wear fairly casually. I'm new to altering any kind of clothing and was wondering if anyone would see a problem with altering the waist from a 30 to a 31 if necessary? Or would you have to see the pants to know how much you could let them out?
     


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    I've seen a lot of BR pants, and chances are these are not meant to be altered like a pair of suit trousers. However, their sizing is sort of arbitrary, so you may be fine anyway. I have a pair of 31L pants from there that fit fine, and I usually wear a 32 or 33.

    But to answer your main question, you will probably have to see the inside to know whether they can be altered.

    Welcome to the forum.
     


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    solzhenitsyn Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the welcome and the info, j. I will confirm the sizing, and probably opt for not purchasing them if they turn out to be a true 30.
     


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    Altering cottons is always a problem if you are letting them out as there will always be the possibility of holes or creases that will not be invisible as they will with wool.
     


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    More than a possibility; it's a certainty. Assuming those trousers have inlays in the seat (and I wouldn't bet on it), if they are let out, the crease that's pressed into the two sides of the seat now to make the rear smooth will always show as a fairly distinct stripe after the trousers are let out. It's one of the drawbacks of cotton.
     


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    how about bringing in linen pants on the seat? worse then cotton?
     


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    Bringing in is not a problem, because the offending seam crease gets "tucked" inside the trouser seat with the rest of the inlays, where it cannot be seen. Letting out is the problem.

    In terms of showing old creases, cotton is worse than linen, but not by much.
     


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    I wouldn't go there. Unless the pants are BRAND NEW, and have never been laundered, you WILL see fading.
     


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    Thanks for the help everyone. I'll leave the altering to wool slacks.
     


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