How difficult is it to take trousers in around the butt and thighs?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Silverfox, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    Good evening,

    I have a pair of trousers that I quite like in every aspect aside from fit. They're just too baggy around my butt and thighs, so the question is can this easily be corrected by an alterations tailor, or is it the kind of thing that requires a very high level of expertise and even then come out looking weird most of the time?

    The trousers are high-waisted and are fine around the waste and below the knee, they just happen to have too much room elsewhere. The trousers are a pair of corduroy trousers in the traditional fit from Cordings if that makes a difference.

    Additionally, if anyone has a recommendation for an alternations tailor in Oslo I'd much appreciate it.

    Thank you

    The Silverfox
     
  2. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Senior member

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    It shouldn't be too bad. Fixing the seat is usually around $20. Thighs will probably require a procedure called recurring the pants. That's probably around $45. If it's worth it depends on how much the pants cost. Just don't go to the local drycleaner.
     
  3. comrade

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    I believe that I have those trousers, or a version from ten years ago.
    I had the same alteration requirement plus shortening the rise.
    It was major surgery. Find the best tailor you can. Hint: Go to the
    best men's shop(s) in town and ask who they use for complicated
    alterations
     
  4. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    Yeah that's what I've been doing actually, I've been using their in-house tailoring-department or whatever you'd call it to have some alterations done on some other stuff, but I figure it's better to try and find a proper alterations tailor as it'll probably be cheaper to deal with them directly.

    I can easily understand that your thing would be major surgery, but that may have been because you needed the rise shortened. Assuming they constructed them the same way 10 years ago that they do now, I would suspect that the Daks-style internal belt is what's causing problems. That's why I'm steering clear of any alterations that have to do with the waistband on these.
     
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    You are correct. I think I had belt loops added. It was a mistake to buy the two pair at the time,
    but I fell in love with the heavy wide-wale fabric, unobtainable in my area.
     
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  6. The Silverfox

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    Yep, they still only make the whalecords in the traditional high-rising smoothwaist variet, which is a shame. Not for me of course as I prefer this configuration, but for those who want to wear a belt with it as the fabric is excellent. They do offer the needlecord variety in both styles though, so that's not a bad consolation prize.
     

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