Suits are popular apparel. Most people who wear suits wear them to work daily. High-quality suits which many often buy are durable. Thus you can wear it for a long period. In this period, you can gain or lose weight and need to get alterations on your suit pants.
If you know how to sew, you can easily alter your suit pants or jacket. However, for your high-quality suits, you need to have a professional handle the alterations. This ensures that there will be no mistakes that may damage your suit pants.
Can Suit Pants Be Let Out?
Suit pants can be easily let out. In tailoring, taking in to make the waist smaller is easier than letting out the pants. Most high-quality suits have extra fabric at the center back seam that allows them to be easily let out.
To let out your suit pants, undo the stitches holding this extra fabric on the center back seam to open it up. Rip the existing seam on your pants. Measure how long you want to increase your waist by and add half an inch for the new seam. Mark this length on the extra fabric and sew.
This will effectively increase the waist size of your suit pants. You can now wear them comfortably.
When having your suit pants or jacket altered, you need to know that it is much easier to take in your pants than to let them out. Pants can be let out by about 3 inches, while you can take them in for more inches. However, it depends on the fabric available for the alterations.
How To Let Out Suit Pants?
Method 1. Using The Extra Fabric On The Center Back Seam
Step 1. Place the suit pants on a working surface under lots of lighting. Place it with the right sides facing up. Open up the pants to allow you access to the center back seam. The center back seam is located in the middle of the pants. The middle belt loop will mark the center of the pants. The center back seam is fixed to the pants at the bottom of the middle belt loop.
Step 2. Remove the stitches holding the belt loop from the inside of the pants. Turn to the outside of the pants and remove the belt loop completely. This allows you access to the extra fabric on the pants and the waistband.
Step 3. Open up the waistband completely to see how much extra fabric you have on your suit pants. Suit pants have ample extra fabric to take out the waist by up to 3 inches. Measure your waist to determine how many extra inches of fabric you need for the pants to fit comfortably. Mark the additional length required on your fabric and the point of the new stitch line. You can mark the new stitch line with chalk.
Step 4. Look for the horizontal seam that connects the waistband to the pants. Make sure that it is properly matched up before you sew it up. This ensures that your pants maintain a proper shape when you wear them.
Step 5. Bring your pants to the sewing machine and stitch along the marked lines. You will see your new seam line and the old one. Taper the stitches of the new seam into the old seam. This ensures that you take care of the pant seat. This also helps to maintain the shape of the pants. If you don’t mind the seat of the pants you will have a wider waist while the pant seat remains the same. Thus your pants will not be proportional.
Step 6. Remove the original center stitch line and pick out the threads. You have effectively let out the waist of your pants.
Step 7. With your waistband extended, confirm that the seams on the pants are properly matched. Check the inside and the outside of the pants. If they are not, you will have to undo the stitches and repeat the whole process. If you have a minor misalignment on the seams, you can leave them to be hidden by the belt.
Step 8. On the inside, and with the seam allowance flat, open the seam on the waistband with your fingers. Then, fold the seam down ensuring that you keep the top evenly aligned.
Step 9. Press down the waistband and the center back seam open from the inside of the pants. Turn the pants to the right side up and press the new seam in place. Also, press the stitch line of the old seam to make it invisible. You can use a steam setting on your iron to hide the old stitch line.
Step 10. Stitch in the ditch at the point where the waistband and the seat of the pants meet. This secures the seam allowance in place inside the pants.
Step 11. Now, put back the belt loop at the new center of the pants. Start by sewing the bottom edge onto the pants with the right sides touching at the bottom of the waistband. With the bottom of the belt loop in place, sew the top part in. Retain the original fold at the top as you sew it in place. Use a straight stitch to fix the belt loop. Sew several times to make sure it is firmly held on the waistband. Also, make sure that you have enough space left on your belt loop to allow a belt to pass through easily.
This is a complicated alteration for an amateur seamstress. You have to take it to a professional tailor for the best results. As an amateur, you may damage your suit pants if you attempt this letting out process and make a major error.
You will be charged depending on the skill of the tailor and the complexity of the process. Pants alterations are not expensive and range between $10 and $150. A professional will ensure that you can continue to wear your suit for its lifetime after alterations.
How Long Should Suit Pants Be?
Pants are formal wear. Thus the pants should cover the full leg. The taller you are, the longer your pants are. Even so, regardless of the height of the wearer, there is an acceptable length for suit pants when you wear them.
The first thing to do is to make sure that the pants fit you at the waist. If your pants are old and the waist is too tight, you can use the above steps to increase the size of the waist. You can also easily reduce the size of the waist on your pants.
When the pants fit your waist, you now need to consider how long they should be when you wear them. The most important thing to consider about the height of your pants is known as a break. A break is the amount of fold or creasing that happens when your pants meet the top of your shoes.
The amount of break you choose depends on your style and personal choice. There are several types of breaks to determine how long the pants will be. The excess break is when your pants have too much fabric on and beyond your shoes. Which makes you look a bit sloppy.
Another type of pant break is known as a no-break. The no-break length is when your pants barely touch the top of your shoes. There is a small gap between the pants and the shoe from which the socks are visible.
A slight break is the most ideal length for your pants. A slight break is characterized by pants that lie exactly at the top of the shoe. This gives you the perfect formal look of a professional. A cropped break is about an inch above the top of your shoe. Leaving a larger part of the socks visible.
What Is The Difference Between Men And Women Pants?
Pants are worn by both men and women. However, there are major differences between the two types of pants. The major difference between men’s and women’s pants comes in the fitting. Women’s pants are tighter than men’s. Men wear much wider pants than women while women love figure-hugging pants.
The other major difference is in how the pants are made. To fit the shape and body structure of a woman, women’s pants have wider hips. Additionally, women’s pants consist of a tighter and raised crotch.
Men’s pants do not have hips. Women are curvier and thus have pants that need to have a hip allowance. Further, the crotch in men’s pants is long and leaves a lot of space between the pants and the wearer. This ensures that it is easy for men to sit down in their pants.
Another difference between men’s and women’s pants is in the pockets. Pockets on men’s pants are larger and deeper than those in women’s pants. Thus men can carry more in their pant pockets as they don’t carry bags as much as women do.