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Suit Trouser Waist Alteration

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sartorially Challenged, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Sartorially Challenged

    Sartorially Challenged Senior Member

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    How much can suit trouser waists be altered? 2 inches up or down?

    What are the factors that limit the alteration?
     


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    Sartorially Challenged Senior Member

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    Anybody?
     


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    I wouldn't take them in more than 2" and even that may be pushing it, it really depends on the cut of the trousers so it's hard to say. Taking them out, that just depends on how much fabric is left in the pants.

    The thing with taking in RTW pants more than 2" is that they are just cut for a larger frame than yours (unless you just devloped a gut or something) so they are going to be larger all around. You can't fix that with just taking the waist in, because for example the legs will still be baggy.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Generally, a couple of inches up or down at most before you have to get into recutting (for the down). The limit on the alteration in the out direction is how much allowance there is in the seam. In the in direction, it's not having the back pockets touch or look silly. If you are going in much, the pocket balance can be thrown off, so they start thinking about recutting the pockets in front, etc.

    I was positive there was a comprehensive topic on this, but I couldn't find it in a search.
     


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