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Message Board > Fitting Woes > How to adjust clothes for aging men? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 1/19/13 3:43 PM

I would like to bring my husband's behind back to life in his jeans. Because of the ever expanding waistline, the bigger sizes he's buying have a tendency to hide his real assets. Is there a good resource out there on how to fix a man's pants to adjust for these changes? Everything seems geared toward women.

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Date: 1/19/13 4:02 PM

Mine has the same prtoblem. I don't have any real alteration advice but a few suggestions. Well I do but jeans are a royal pain to alter!

We found with DH that there was a varying amount of baggy/saggy behind fit based on the brand, with some worse than others. The ones that we found that gave him the best fit were the basic mens jean from Old Navy.nayy

I know most men hate to clothes shop but we went together so he could try on many styles/brands until we found one that I thought fit the best on the backside and he thought were still comfortable. They most definately look better!

Debbie

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Date: 1/19/13 4:11 PM

Mine absolutely refused to try on at a store. He likes those cheapy cheap jeans from the farm store, because his wear out so fast. He doesn't want me buying a pair of Dockers (which always fit the backside beautifully) because he rips holes in them at work. Maybe he'd be happy with Dockers from the Goodwill.


I could see jeans being a major pain to alter. I started ripping an old pair apart just to see the construction. Oh my. That's a job. It was a therapeutic diversion while watching the tube, though.

Do you have these problems, too?:

Rounding upper back causing collar to ride back away from the neck.
Shirts getting too tight around the middle but too big if bought up a size.
Drooping shoulders.

They have some very nicely cut shirts these days for the svelte men, which mine no longer is. lol I'd love to help him get his clothes looking better, but am a better personal trainer than seamstress. He'd rather I be a better seamstress, as the personal training doesn't interest him.
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Date: 1/19/13 4:21 PM

Thanks for this info about brands!!

I do sew dress and Hawaiian shirts for DH and I learned to quietly add a bit to the side seams around the middle.

Anyway, I wouldn't appreciate an immature svelt man - hahaha.

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We stand here confronted by insurmountable opportinities. Pogo

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Date: 1/19/13 5:20 PM

Suspenders!

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Date: 1/19/13 8:31 PM

Round upper back-check
Tight middle-check
Drooping shoulders-on a larger size shirt-youbetcha! Plus the next size up is actually too big all the way around.

I tried telling him he had a round upper back and his reply was "I do not!" I informed him that the way he was yanking his t-shirts forward at the shoulders so that the front wasn't strangling him in the throat was a round back.LOL Don't mess with somebody that knows cause and effect and alterations!

How about a compromise? If you like the way the Dockers look on him how about some that he wears when he's not working or at the least if you go out somewhere together?

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Date: 1/19/13 10:06 PM

I think we're discussing Ann Rowley's flat butt alteration.

With time, characteristic sexual differences--as some of us may have noticed--make themselves more evident.

When I was in my early forties, I was walking with my mother and stepfather on the local wharf. Men always walk faster, of course, and my mother (not a humorous woman), watched the guys ahead of us and noted, "Isn't it the truth? Men lose their butts, and women's busts just get bigger and bigger."

I eyeballed the kinsmen ahead and noted the possible truth of her observation there, but at the time I was quite slim, so I peered down my front, still pretty inadequate compared to Mom, who could have used that expanse as a cocktail tray (!), and disagreed with her.

However, time and fat have proved her generalization to be true.

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Date: 1/20/13 0:22 AM

I'd like to see the Dockers fit on all of his jeans. I did find a nice men's jeans pattern (hot patterns I think) that had good reviews. As a beginner, it might take me some time to work up to that level. I'd like to get oversized jeans at the Goodwill and see if I can adapt a good pattern fit for him.

There really are no RTW clothes for older men's bodies, imho. They're all going to need altered. I'd like to get a few basic patterns made just for him and then build him a wardrobe that fits from there.

Oh, I do like dreaming big!

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Date: 1/20/13 1:00 AM

I think it would be more trouble to try and alter an existing pair of jeans than it would be to make them from scratch. If you could find something that fits, you could take it apart and develop a pattern from it.

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Date: 1/20/13 1:10 AM

Why not try something like the Craftsy Jeanius class?-take a well-fitting pair of Dockers and copy them with jeans fabric.

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