Split back trousers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by demeis, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    I really like the look of split back trousers with braces and have not been able to find them. I was wondering if its possible for a tailor to create the split back on a pair of trousers. I'm guessing yes but not sure if they are cut differently.
     


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    Are we talking about having one made from scratch or having a regular pair of trousers converted into the split back?
     


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    It's possible to convert to a split back trouser, if all you desire is the "V" split notch in the center of the back of the waist of the trousers.  However, if you're envisioning a split back in the form of a full-fledged "fishtail" back, this would probably be inadviseable.  The "V" conversion approach is a more modest operation, but do keep in mind that there is more than just making the "V"---If the trouser rise is insufficient, the trousers will not, well, rise high enough on your waist, which is customary for trousers worn with suspenders, and the end result will be unappealing.  Also, the seat of the trousers can creep into you-know-where, giving you a self-inflicted "wedgie".  Finally, if there are pleats, the pleats might be stretched out of form by the suspenders tugging the trousers higher than originally designed.  So "brace" yourself for poor results if not careful.  
    Grayson
     


  5. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    It's easy enough to cut a "v" into the back of a straight waistband. That won't affect the rise or the pleats or anything else, just the look of the waistband in back.

    If you want to a true high back, that's harder. If the rise of the trousers is already incredibly high, the tailor can remove the waistband, cut the trousers lower in front, recut the shape in back, and then re-attach the waistband. The likelihood that your trousers already have a high enough rise for this operation to work is pretty low, however.

    The other alternative is to take the trousers apart, keep the front pieces, discard the back pieces, recut the back out of fresh cloth with the desired shape, and then remake the trousers. That's a drastic operation, and would cost so much that I doubt anyone would think it's worth the money.
     


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