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Need Help: Advice on tailoring pants

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I recently ordered a suit from Brooks Brothers Made-To-Measure event but the pants measurements for the rise was incorrectly done. I wanted a rise of 11 inches but the pants have a rise of 12 inches.

The in-house tayler says that she can alter the rise down to 11 inches without any issues. I haven't heard of altering the rise of a pants as a common part of alterations. The suit was expensive purchase.

My question: is it a common alteration to tayler a pants' rise without ruining the overall style of the pants or should I request that a new pair of pants be ordered with the correct rise measurement to begin with (which Brooks Brothers will reluctantly do)

Thank you, I look forward to your advice.
 

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I'd ask her what she is going to do to decrease the rise. Lowering the rise from the top
would be a big (and skilled) operation. Removing the waist band. Cutting away the excess material. Reattaching the waistband.
Undoing and reattaching all the belt loops. Altering the french fly and putting in a shorter
zipper. Even if all that were done (and it would take an experieced tailor/pantsmaker to do it), the relative placement of the side pockets and back pockets wouldn't look quite right.

I'll bet she would just take in the crotch rather than alter the rise. That's not the same thing as lowering the rise and may not give you the fit at the waist level you want.

If she's not really going to lower the rise from the top, I'd ask for new trousers.
 
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I'd ask her what she is going to do to decrease the rise. Lowering the rise from the top
would be a big (and skilled) operation. Removing the waist band. Cutting away the excess material. Reattaching the waistband.
Undoing and reattaching all the belt loops. Altering the french fly and putting in a shorter
zipper. Even if all that were done (and it would take an experieced tailor/pantsmaker to do it), the relative placement of the side pockets and back pockets wouldn't look quite right.
I'll bet she would just take in the crotch rather than alter the rise. That's not the same thing as lowering the rise and may not give you the fit at the waist level you want.
If she's not really going to lower the rise from the top, [COLOR=FF00AA]I'd ask for new trousers.[/COLOR]

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If the difference is material to you and you were clear in demanding that measurement at the outside - reject the trousers and demand new ones. Do it quickly whilst there is cloth left on the bolt from which these were cut, if you are tardy it may coast them a new coat.

Mark the existing pair discretely lest they agree to provide new ones but simply try to alter the existing pair when your back is turned.
 

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yes the rise can be and should be shortened from the top. the max that should be shortened would be one inch.
the legs will need to be lengthened. the back pockets will be 1" closer to the waistband.
 

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