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Friday, 15 February 2013

Pants Alteration Tips


Everybody needs a good tailor. Even if you buy most of your clothes off the rack, tailor can make the necessary adjustments by doing some necessary alterations to make your outfit look like it was designed just for you. If you lose weight, your pants may need to be taken in one or two sizes. There must be times when you look out for that perfect pair of pants, and finally when you find one, it ends up being a misfit.

Instead of throwing the pants away, get it altered to fit it to your size. Depending on what is wrong with the pants, you may be able to alter them in just few hours. In these cases you need help, so you can check out the following tips and know how to alter pants.

Pants Alteration Tips

Tips for Altering Pants:
  • Take a pair of pants which fits you right to use it as a reference while re-sizing the pants.
  • Wash clothes and make sure all stains have been removed. Tailors usually use fabrics during and after alterations and the heat could permanently set any dirt or marks.
  • In case you just need minor alteration, do it on your own. If you need to adjust the waist part, mostly, check out the center back seam. This can be taken in or let out 1 inch or more without affecting the fit elsewhere. Wear it and see where the adjustments are necessary.
  • Some skirts are harder to alter. Bias-cuts, if done badly, will have rippled seams. For the solution for thinner fabrics, ask your tailor to add lining.
  • For repairing the legs of the pants, stitch the new inseams, tapering the new seam line into the old one on each leg. Baste the new seam line at the back of each leg, to the old seam line at the front of the leg.
  • If your tailor is adjusting the hem of pants and long skirts or dresses, bring the shoes you’re most likely to wear with these outfits.
  • Similarly for Jackets, your tailor needs to make allowances for thicker materials, especially when altering the shoulders and sleeves

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