TO ALTER TROUSERS SMALLER the solid lines show the fore and back parts of the trousers. the dotted lines show the stitching lines that will remove the excess fabric. ok then by the numbers. 1. the most common alteration is takeing in the waist. notice that the seam tapers off short so as not to reduce the seat area. 2. this takes in the seat as well as the waist both with one seam line. the price has gone up alittle. 3. this takes in the thigh as well as the crotch [the fork]. this is a separate operation from #2 waist and seat. this separate alt adds to the price. these are usual alterations,now comes the recuts. 4. this takes in the side seam on the back part only. doing items 2 3 and 4 is what some will call a recut and quote a low price. it is often done at a retail store.but the front has not been changed. and back is too small in relation to the front the side pockets have been pulled toward the back.you will have less room to sit down. and the price goes up. 5. doing items 2 3 4 and 5 is a little better bacause an equal amount is taken off the front and back sideseams. but the price of the alteration has gone up agood deal. thats because the side pockets must be removed and then replaced after cutting. up to this point doing number 4 or 5 requires removing the waistband with the lining and belt loops as far as the center of the forepart. later to be replaced. 6. this gives a fully balanced recut.in this the waistband is compleatly removed. this now includes 2 3 4 5 6. here the entire fly assembly must be removed as well as later replaced after recutting. front and back parts have the proper proportions in relation to each other. now you get the actual price of a true recut. at this point the trouser front can be dressed since the fly has been removed. there should not be a charge for the dressing, because the front is being cut anyway. the ilustrations show the alterations stoping at the knees. but if the customer wishes the legs to be tapered at the same time it can be done.