Altering trouser hips

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Aloysius16, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. Aloysius16

    Aloysius16 Well-Known Member

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    I have had some new suit trousers taken out by one inch at the waist. However, as I have narrow hips, this has resulted in excess fabric around the seat and hips, behind the pocket opening. I asked a different tailor about this but was told that it isn't possible to correct this and fabric can only be taken in below the pocket seam (which is below the area where the excess in problematic).

    Is this correct that it isn't possible to do anything around pocket height? Also, is there any way of getting trousers taken out at the waist without causing this problem to occur?
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Hard to say without pictures, but I've had the seat of pants altered, albeit by a skilled alterations tailor.
     
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    Astaroth Senior member

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    There are very few things that technically cannot be done when it comes to making garments smaller however somethings arent cost effective to do.

    Why did you go to a different alterations seamstress rather than going back to the original one?
     
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    Aloysius16 Well-Known Member

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    First alterations were done by the store as part of the purchase. I am now dealing with someone close to home. The local seamstress said she can slim the hips if she sews up the trouser pockets so they become non-functional. I am tempted to do this if there is no other option. No pockets is preferable to no wear.
     
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    EzraPaul Senior member

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    If the hip was fine before they took out the waist, it means they let out too far into the seat. You always have to make a "wedge" shape to avoid puckering, but a lot of tailors will make the wedge too tall when taking out because it's easier to sew that way.

    If it was big on the hip before, you can try taking in the seat, but that isn't always the reason. If the seat doesn't solve it, you need to have the trousers recut (basically taken apart from all seams and cut down), which is labor intensive and should only be attempted by a quality tailor.
     

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