Inverse pants cuffs?

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  1. Finsen

    Finsen Senior member

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    Since I haven't decided if I want cuffs or not on my suit pants, an idea came up. What if I do inverse cuffs on the pants? Basically, it will be like pants cuffs but folded and sewn inward instead of out. So, I will have a straight hem to start with, and if I want cuffs next season, I can simply turn out the extra materials.

    Do you think the extra material would affect how the pants drape? How much materials can I leave in before it will affect the drape (if at all)? Anyone has tried this?
     


  2. Chips

    Chips Senior member

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    I think it will fail miserably.
     


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    You can't even decide on that? You are worse than a lady.
     


  4. gsugsu

    gsugsu Senior member

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    just sounds strange to me. Either cuff them or don't.
     


  5. DerekH

    DerekH Well-Known Member

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    Inverse pant cuffs? I don't get it

    Just ask them to leave enough fabric so that you'll be able to change a straight hem into a cuff.
     


  6. Drydis Greis

    Drydis Greis Senior member

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    Eric Glennie, is that you? What purpose could inverse cuffs possibly have, stylistically or otherwise?
     


  7. Kentishman

    Kentishman Senior member

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    Is this not just simply having the pants hemmed? I have this done all the time – visibile cuffs are not really my thing.

    Unless I've totally misunderstood what you mean...
     


  8. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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    He likely wants enough fabric inside for cuffing in the future, but is afraid that 3-4" of fabric inside a leg that tapers won't look right so he wants them cuffed inside.
     


  9. Drydis Greis

    Drydis Greis Senior member

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    He likely wants enough fabric inside for cuffing in the future, but is afraid that 3-4" of fabric inside a leg that tapers won't look right so he wants them cuffed inside.

    It would seem the color of the "exposed" material would be a shade lighter than that of the non-exposed thereby negating any possible use for the excess material. Now I could be wrong...
     


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    just sounds strange to me. Either cuff them or don't.

    +1
     


  11. apropos

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    It works - you get the weight of a pair of cuffs, but not the outward appearance of them.

    It only is a bit tricky to do if your pants are markedly tapered.

    To the other (unhelpful) posters, you guys FAIL.
     


  12. Finsen

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    It works - you get the weight of a pair of cuffs, but not the outward appearance of them.

    It only is a bit tricky to do if your pants are markedly tapered.

    To the other (unhelpful) posters, you guys FAIL.


    That's my original thought too. And if I want the appearance of a straight hem, I would leave the cuffs folded and sewn inward. But if I want the appearance of cuffs, I can just fold it out and sew it that way to have a fresh look. Theoretically I agree that it would have the same weight-effect on the pants without the appearance of cuffs. But I haven't heard or seen anyone doing it this way, that's why I am not entirely sure how the pants would drape.

    Why would it be tricky if the pants are significantly tapered? Would that apply to normal outward cuffs, as in putting cuffs on a pair of significantly tapered pants would be tricky?
     


  13. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    This sounds like a terrible idea. Anyway, if you're truly undecided, why not get normal non-inversed cuffs?
     


  14. Finsen

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    It would seem the color of the "exposed" material would be a shade lighter than that of the non-exposed thereby negating any possible use for the excess material. Now I could be wrong...

    I doubt there will be significant change in color, unless I really expose it to the sun or wear the hell out of it (?)
     


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    Many of my pants hems are not completely straight but slightly slanted towards the heel (especially the uncuffed ones). To do what you want to do, you wouldn't be able to have any angle in the hem. Which may or may not not be an issue for you. Another option, which is only reserved for the upper echelon of bigtime society, is to have the cuffs fitted with a button (I know!!... doesn't that sounds awesome-ish?) which you could attach either cuffed or inside the leg. Real young buffala horn only, please.
     


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