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How do I take up a pair of trousers with tapered legs?

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Not a tailor, but this seems relatively straightforward: unpick the seam up to the level you will be hemming to and cut a narrow V into the fabric of sufficient angle to accommodate the degree of taper. Hem, and reinforce the area where you opened the seam a bit.

Don't know if that's the proper way to do it, but it corresponds to what I've seen done on some of my pairs and would solve the problem you're mentioning.
 

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