It has been quite a journey along this path of tailoring my clothes, and I must say that it has been very rewarding. I started with the simple idea of taking all of my ill-fitting clothes and making them fit properly; to eventually doing most of the tailoring myself. While I cannot say that I have mastered tailoring, but I can say that I no longer have to pay someone to fix my pants. The only bit of tailoring that I have yet to delve into is the act of tailoring jackets and shirts. Like most other things the only way to fix this lack of talent is with practice; and that is indeed what the next "before the pins" will be about. But before I get into that, I must finish up with what I have accomplished.
During the initial decision of which clothes to tailor I did not include a couple pairs of pants that I will discuss. The reason that I did not include them was because I never really thought that I would want to get them taken in, but after I tried them on… that was no longer the case. Luckily, they are the nearly the same size and cut of the dark grey.
The after shots.
Dark Grey Pant
Pin Stripe Grey pant –not photographed in initial write up-
Pin Stripe Front –not photographed in initial write up-
Really there isn’t much of a visual change. I have had these pants taken in once before, and this second round was more for fine tuning the aesthetic. There is a slimming of the pant from the upper knee down; the opening was dropped from 7.75" to 7.25." And although my hand in the after shot is covering the location, the extra fabric in the original left side hip is gone.
Again not much change here either. The extra fabric on my butt isn’t there, and the amount of excess fabric drown the leg has dropped as well.
While the changes aren’t that visible in either picture, I can personally feel the difference in the pant. The change was especially evident when wearing some of my thinner plimsolls, and my ankles were no longer swimming.
Dark Grey Pants, Grey Pants, Pin Stripe
Boom, the changes are like night and day -not including the lighting. I am also pleasantly surprised how consistent the tailored pants look. While the original is still acceptable to the populous, I really wanted to get these nearly perfect. In the future, however, I don’t think that I will be going this tight. Granted they do fit every well, but they may just be a bit too tight. I have worn the Dark Grey Pant out and about and they worked out quite well. I have yet to wear the other two out but I think that the pin stripe may be a bit too tight around the buttocks; I will have to be a bit careful when wearing those.
Again it is crazy how much they have come in. All of these pants have been tapered to a 7" opening. The profile looks significantly better than the frontals, but I am kind of biased; I look thinner in the profiles. There really difficult to hark back to the original pant in this situation because these have become an entirely new pant.
Light Grey Pant
The main change to these pants can be seen in the opening. While I did like these pants before I like them even more so now. I don't know if you have noticed yet, but I use a green thread for the hem. While I could have gone with the traditional want of invisible thread, I really wanted to make all of the clothes that I do have visible hem stitching.
Again the profile shot has the winning vote for the visible changes in these pants. There is more definition and youth to these pants that they had before. After I tailored these in, they became one of my new favorite pair of pantaloons to wear.
This... well isn’t a fair comparison. The original pants were, as you can see, purposefully wrinkled. The reason for the wrinkling was to reduce the baggy-ness that came with the initial fit. And since they are made of linen, there would be wrinkles present with a few hours of moving around anyways. The jacket has been taken in quite a bit. I am not one to ever fully button a jacket, and so I had it tailored for that. The sleeves have been taken in, and I am pretty sure that the biceps size is nearly perfect.
Here you can see how much fabric was actually wrinkled up in the pants. There is a slight crease mid-calf in the aftermath of tailoring; it was a mistake of my ironing. The slimming of the jacket sleeves can really be seen in the profile. You can see how much of the body has been taken in. I really hate to keep using this phrase, but it seems too perfect to keep passing it up; it looked like I was wearing my father’s jacket before. I really like how this has turned out, but I know that I will rarely wear either of these garments. Why? Because they are linen, and linen = wrinkles. Grated there is a bit of character that comes along with a great deal of wrinkles; very much like this guy shot by Scott Schuman in June 2008…
But I am still hesitant to attack it with full force.
Next post that you see will be a final wrap up of the exact garments worn on October 9th 2009, as well as the start of the next before the pins.
== On a side note, I choose not to include the Tux Jacket into the mix because they will be apart of my Jacket/Shirt trials. ==