I have a pair of RTW pants (my “parade” pants) that I would like to get altered before Thanksgiving (the 27th, for all you non-Americans). The pants are men’s pants and they are too long by 2ish inches, and I am going to describe them so you can see the problem that I am having:
The pants are of the style with zippers at the knees, so that the bottom of the pant leg can zip off for shorts. Additionally, there is a zipper running along the outseam of the bottom of each pant leg, so the legs can be unzipped from hem to mid-calf (very useful for taking off layers without removing your shoes!). They have a fly front and an elastic waist. The legs are straight (maybe a minimal taper through the thighs). The material is a nylon (I think; I’d have to check the tag). There are front in-seam pockets, back patch pockets, and patch cargo pockets on the thighs.
I thought about just shortening the pants and saying the heck with the vertical zippers, but they are REALLY convienient (I’m adding or removing layers throughout the day as both the temperature and my activity level shift). I also thought about taking a tuck in the knee, but that puts the zipper directly under my knee when I kneel down and is quite painful. Then I tried to take a tuck farther up on the leg, but the cargo pockets got in the way (and I really need the cargo pockets for stuff).
So, I’m back to trying to figure out how to shorten the pants from the bottom without worrying about losing the zipper. I’ve never shortened a zipper before (if that is what I have to end up doing) so I am a little anxious to hear anyone’s suggestions. I also thought about just scrapping everything and making a new pair of pants from scratch, but I have too much schoolwork to be able to design, fit, and sew my “ideal” pants…maybe for next year’s parade!
Any help would be HUGELY appreciated!!!