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Taking pants in at the waist

Bananafish

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I bought a pair of slim fit trousers from Farah Vintage in a size 32 and they fit closer to a 34, nearly a full size up. All other measurements are perfect except for the waist. The rise is great, hips diameter of thighs and legs fall perfect. I suppose I could wear them nicely with a belt, but without they sag down to my crotch. I don't want to have to go through the hassle of shipping back to the UK and the size I'd otherwise exchange for (30 S) appears sold out, so I'll likely take these into the tailors. I could comfortably fit my middle and index fingers (with a cm or more to spare) in the space between my waistline and the trousers. I wonder if it would be an easy job to take them in 1.5-2" or if altering the waist size would affect the rear and crotch area of the pants? Any suggestions... Should I just send them back and try to find them elsewhere? I figure the cost of tailoring would probably not be far off from the cost of return shipping to the UK, plus the hassle of repurchasing elsewhere. I have a ton of stuff to bring in to the tailor for fitting anyway...

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Doc4

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IF you have a good tailor you trust, why not just ask him if it's an easy fix when you take in your big pile of stuff.
 

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I will, but if I have to send them back I'd like to do so pronto and while I'm still able to find an exchange. I'm waiting on a MTM jacket and pair of trousers that are in transit right now. I want to bring in everything in for alterations at once to save time, and it'll likely be another week for delivery. I just wanted to know whether 2" off the waist seems a big deal if the fit all around is otherwise ace... I've never had this issue before, it seems strange that a 32 should fit so loose.
 

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I think it may depend on the pant but 2" doesn't seem too much for a tailor to take in.

It likely won't affect the crotch b/c they'll probably take in the back but it could cause some creasing/bunching on the seat of the pant if the seat isn't altered as well.
 

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Usually up to 4 inches is okay, though pushing it. Two will be fine, though they may have to take in the seat a little to balance it out.
 

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Thanks!

Might be best to do about an inch on each side rather than front/back.

Okay, I'll hang on to them and let my tailor fit them up rather than returning..
 

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I have it done often. Not a big deal at all, but sometimes it effects the belt loops. I mean the
loop(s) might have to be rearranged in the back as they might end up too close together.
 

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One last question, nothing to do with pants...

Does anyone know if it's possible to alter a pair of leather gloves?

I have an absolutely beautiful and really fine pair of vintage 1960s Italian calfskin driving gloves that are a size 9, and I really need an 8.5 as they're about 1/2" too long in all respects. The finger tips need to be shortened by a few cm... they aqre two-tone dark burgundy and white. The craftsmanship on these gloves is impeccable and I'd be really worried about messing them up. I've also no frame of reference for what kind of costs I'd be looking at to work with soft nappa leather.
 

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Yes, you can alter them. If they are low-rise, make sure you ask your tailor to take them from the side seams, not from the rear seam. Altering from the sides keeps the rise unchanged, otherwise even more "ass" will show when you sit down.
 

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