Men’s Suit Alterations
Iv’e been given some used men’s suits that are in good to excellent conditions. The jackets fit perfectly, but the pants are two to four sizes to big – I wear a 33 waist and the subject pants are 36 to 38.
Can a good tailor alter these pants to fit me, or is the size difference too great to expect a good fit and a good look?
Lucky you! I have made adjustments on suits that I have found at the Goodwill. Although, I don't recall making this large of an adjustment before.
I would check the center back seam allowance of the pants. Many times the alterations are done with that seam (smaller and larger). If I recall correctly, I have seen seams at least 2 inches wide. Take a safety pin or straight pins (after ripping out the waistline facing) and pin in the needed reduction, try them on and see what you think! One could also hand or machine baste. Hope you have a good full-length mirror. If it the legs, front,etc. look fine, you could, perhaps, make this adjustment yourself. It isn't difficult sewing. Just start about 6 inches down, and gradually make the seam as wide as you need. Check the fit and then do a wonderful job steam pressing.
If they are excellent quality, I'd certainly give it a try.
*I think these can be fixed. As they were given to you, it would be worth the money to have a professional tailor alter them for you.
*I agree about the back seam alteration. However, 3 to 5 inches is quite a lot to correct at this point.If these trousers don't have front pleats, then that's where you get 4 points at which you can reduce waist width; make 2 pleats on each side. Perhaps, after checking pants with pleats you can visualize if this would work out for you.Those are 5 points at which you (or a tailor as was suggested) can attempt to pick up the extra 3 to 5 inches.You've evidently got too good a deal to pass up without trying for a solution. Good luck.
*J. D. - you don't say what size the coats are, but going by the waist of 36-38 they should be 42-44. Unless you are a real body builder with large upper torso and large thighs with a small waist, not only should the pants be too large, but also the skirt of the jacket should be too large in relation. Either way, PLEASE do yourself a favor and find a GOOD men's tailor and let him assess the fit and tell you what you can and can't do with the suits. Someone who does alterations is not the same as a tailor. Go to a good men's shop and inquire. It is often nearly impossible to undo poor work, especailly if someone get scissors happy.
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