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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2020, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Tailoring breeches

So while on a completely non-horse-related trip this weekend, I went to the local Mystery Shop - part surplus, part fire sale, part fell off the back of a truck, part general beach and vacation tchotchkes, you know the sort. Anyhow, they had a couple pairs of what are apparently quite nice riding breeches - former police issue, made by Peter Jay Co. They look a lot like the ones the US Army Caisson riders wear - a medium to dark blue with gold braid. They were $15, so I grabbed one, and they fit great EXCEPT they're too small in the waist. Like by a couple inches, not a huge amount. So:



Can the waist be let out the same way one might for suit pants? There does seem to be some fabric available in the waistband. Or are there special considerations for all the extra reinforcements in the seat? Would you say this is something a regular tailor can handle?



(yes, I'm working on dropping some poundage, that aside)


(seriously, these are comfortable. they even fit my height. they're in good shape, too!)
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Take them to a professional seamstress or tailor and see what their professional opinion is...
Much is going to do with type of material and stitching used when they were originally made.
Possibly a 1/2" - 1" can be found releasing the waistband, but unless the seat is tight...it is going to be near a remade pair of breeches to give you that extra space needed...
Removing the entire waistband, making alterations and then reassembling and fitting to you...much work.

Then again, motivation to lose so they fit more comfortably can be a good thing too..
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There are extensions at the waist that are used to allow women to wear their pants just a bit longer in early pregnancy. Elastic reverse button and hole to give that extra inch. To me puts stress on zipper but can work until weight is lost.

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So that bit at the back seems like it could be unfolded and add some extra space, but I'll take them to a tailor.
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That is a set-on waistband and you need to know what and how to tailor the fit...
I can't tell if there is any "fading", but even minuscule will be seen if you let out any of the pant...the waistband can be hidden with a belt for the most part.
Also not sure of the fabric but needle marks from the current seams may not disappear...something to ask about..
Seamstress and or tailor professional needed..yes.
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That is a set-on waistband and you need to know what and how to tailor the fit...
I can't tell if there is any "fading", but even minuscule will be seen if you let out any of the pant...the waistband can be hidden with a belt for the most part.
Also not sure of the fabric but needle marks from the current seams may not disappear...something to ask about..
Seamstress and or tailor professional needed..yes.
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I was planning to consult a tailor regardless. This is well beyond my skill level with a needle. No, there doesn't seem to be any fading. The fabric is in good shape all around - it has some give, but isn't stretchy like a pair of leggings. Just some wear in the usual places.


There's a hand of well-reviewed tailors/seamstresses in my area, so I'll find someone and see what they can do.
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