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Oxxford Experts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bch, May 7, 2005.

  1. bch

    bch Senior member

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    Two questions about altering Oxxford and similarly constructed suits:

    With 1/4 lined jacket, can a a good alterations tailor typically take a few inches out of the waist? How does the lack of lining affect this alteration aethestically, if at all? Must add'l care be taken in the alteration?

    I understand that the waist band on Oxxford trousers are one piece. Does this mean that there is no seam at the rear? How are they altered, then?
     
  2. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Senior member

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    I do not have the specifics, Oxxfords generally have about 2" or more of extra material in the coat.

    As for the pants, Oxxfords can be let-out as much as 2".

    The same pertains, generally, to bespoke garments.
     
  3. bch

    bch Senior member

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    To clarify, by "take out of the waist," I meant "take in" the wast, i.e. make is smaller.
     
  4. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Not sure about the aesthetics point, but a competent tailor will be able to take in the waist of the coat with no problem. The outside edges of the fabric are already finished, and an alteration of the coat waist won't change that. So I wouldn't worry about it.

    As for the "one piece waistband," it doesn't affect the ability to take in the trouser waist. The one piece waistband doesn't mean that there is not seem at the back -- it means that the waistband is not separately attached to the pants along the back. So, the waistband has a back seam that runs perpendicular to the ground, but doesn't have a seam running parellel to the ground.
     
  5. bch

    bch Senior member

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    Thanks, you answered my questions in full.
     

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