Bye Bye Back Gap: How to Tailor Pants

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I was in a shop the other day, looking for a pair of dressy trousers (one of the things I still buy rather than make, but I want to challenge this soon). The ones that fitted were itchy, the ones made in a nice fabric were too big… as always I couldn’t find a nice pair of trousers to magically fit me.

One of the shop attendants was wearing a pair of the trousers very similar to one I had just tried on. They looked great on her. I told her, in a jealous tone.

– Oh, darling, they’re tailored, no pants would fit me properly otherwise. These were too big so I had them shave some of the fabric from the back side.

Oh, what, but of course. I spend hours fitting the garments I make and I expect ready-made, mass garments to fit me perfectly.

And she was right, there is a 20 minutes adjustment you can make to those pants that gap in the back or don’t fit you at the waist area, below the before and after:

How to tailor your trousers:

  • First, rip the seams and remove the belt loop, then open up the waistband
  • Take in the extra fabric from the area shown above in the “after” back photo
  • Cut the extra fabric off, trim the waistband to fit the smaller back of your pants
  • Fold back the waistband and cover the seam with the loop
  • You’re done!

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So, do you tailor your own clothes? Which ones? How?