Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The old but new perfect black pants

Earlier this year I got a pair of black pants (here). I wasn't sure about the fit, but I loved the fabric and the idea of finally finding the perfect pair. Well, they turned out not to be perfect. They were designed for a tall person, and were supposed to have a slim fit. I recently found another pair of really good black pants, so I decided to get the old ones altered. I brought the new ones to the tailor, and asked if she could make them just a bit slimmer. They turned out great! I wish that I'd do this more often. I guess I'm scared that I'll ruin the design (and a very expensive pair of pants!), but in this case they really weren't designed for my body type. It's also a matter of finding a good tailor that you can trust.


Isabel Marant trousers, Etoile tee and Hope boots.


Etoile trousers

The pants that inspired me to finally have them altered are quite similair, but the material is different, and they're less dressy. I'm so happy with my desicion, and just wish I'd done it sooner. Have you had anything altered that completely changed how you feel about it?

9 comments:

  1. I really need to find a tailor I can trust. Last year, I took a couple pairs of jeans to be taken in and the end result was a disaster. I'm glad that you had such good luck with these pants! It's such a big risk.

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  2. It's so exciting when some good tailoring can breathe new life into a garment that is languishing in the closet! I have a pair of pants where, like you, I love the fabric but no longer love the shape. I'd like to get them tailored (someday, hehehe) but like jennifer, I haven't found a tailor I trust to do the job. These turned out great!

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  3. I did the same thing with a pair of black pants too, I found a pair that fit me in the waist and had the details like back pockets, side pockets, that I liked and had my tailor re-work them based on a pair of pants that I already own. I plan on doing the same thing for a pair I bought waayyy back in January too--but it's not a priority.

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  4. I think they look terrific! I took more than 2 years to find a tailor I could trust - by way of a friend's recommendation. Yours look so good...I would totally stop and ask you where you bought them if I saw you on the street.

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  5. jennifer - I know, it's such a big risk! I haven't had that much experience with this tailor, but it turned out good this time, so now I'm pretty sure I can trust her.

    S - Thanks! They're really like a brand new pair of pants!

    Prêt à Porter P - I remember your post on the pants, I think that inspired med to have these altered as well.

    lin - Thanks! They turned out just the way I wamted them!

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  6. they look fab! yay for a tailoring success :) i'm off my home turf these days, but intend to get recommendations for a good tailor here in SH to copy some favorite pieces for me. lower risk than altering a beloved piece!

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  7. Thanks! That sounds like a great plan, I've been wanting to do that for a long time, but it's just too expensive here.

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  8. I'm always amazed by how changing the length of ones pants makes a huge difference. I hem them myself, and it's always an improvement!

    minima/maxima, a blog about minimalist style

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  9. petrichore - I know, I hem my pants myself too!

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