Anonymous said: Pants question, I've been kicking my butt at the gym and dropped 40 pounds. I've gone from a size 40 to a 36 in pants. So bragging aside how much fabric can I take out of a pair of pants before they just look wrong. I dont want to replace all my suits if it's at all avoidable. Btw your blog is awesome and I check it out each day for updates. Your killing it man, thanks for your hardwork!

Congrats on the weight loss!  

Strange enough, I also went down by that margin (#humblebrag) so I’m quite familiar with this problem.  The good news is that it is possible to make an alteration in that size.  The bad news is that it’s not always possible.  It’s kind of a pant-by-pant basis.

First, it depends on how much room in the seat you have.  You have to remember that you aren’t just taking in the waist, but some of the seat as well.  Because of that, you’ll be pulling the pockets closer together.  If you have a lot of room, it’s going to be difficult, because you’d probably want to take that in as well (or have a tailor do that), which means the pockets are going to get even closer.  If the seat is just a little loose, you have a better shot.

Second, jetted/open pockets are easier than flaps/patch pockets (more on patch pockets later), mainly because flaps/patch pockets will be a lot more noticeable that they are closer together.

The best thing to do is to pull the excess material at the waistband in the back seam and pin it.  If your pockets look too close together, there’s not much you can do.

I’ll have to do a more detailed post on this at some point, but you have a few things you can do. You can either pull the inside of the waistband and do a straight line from there or sew straight through the waistband (which I do).  You’ll most likely lose the belt loop, especially if it’s sewn into the waistband.  After you finish the waistband, you’ll have to take in the seat some, but if you taper it quickly to the original seam, you can sometimes avoid pulling the pockets too much.

As for jean pockets, I strongly suggest not altering them down the center seam.  You’ll lose that french seam and it looks real weird.  Instead, you can take in the waist twice, both above the pockets.  As long as you taper the seat material quickly, your pockets will still sit flat.

I’ll see what I can do about getting an article up.

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