Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

After the pins pt2

Before I left for New York I gave a couple of my jackets to Vegas so that one of them would be able to get tailored before I left, and the other would be done by the time that I got back. The one that I had to make sure got done was the pea coat; as it is the warmest coat that I own. The second was a gray trench coat that I got last year at Club Monaco. I didn't take pictures of the trench in the original batch of tailoring because I figured that I would be picking up another one soon, and the gray one would serve as back up. As I saw prices of trench coats and the lack of good colors/styles; I gave up the search and decided on using what I already have.

The gray plaid pants are the first pair of pants that I tailored myself. I did the pinning, cutting, sewing, and hemming. I was going to include the second set of gray pants, but the sewing machine is giving me some issues yet again and I have to take it in to get looked at; however, if it comes back and still has issues I am just going to get myself a new one.

Here are the after shots…

pea coat
peacoat front
peacoat side

trench coat
grey trench front
grey trench side

gray plaid pant
grey plaid pant front
grey plaid pant side

Comparison shots…

Pea coat front
Peacoat grey pant front
peacoat front

As you can see there is a fantastic slimming of the frame by taking it in from the armpits down. There is still a bit of a bulge at the hips, but that is due to the pockets. I really could go back and get it re-tailored, but the state that it is in right now is pretty good. The biggest change however can be seeing within the sleeves. What was once a very large boxy lifestyle now has some shape to it. The bicep area can be taken in, but all in all it turned out quite well.

pea coat side
Peacoat grey pant side
peacoat side

I tried to mimic the popped collar from the first photograph, but I think that it actually had a negative impact on the fit on the chest. By taking it in all around I was able to further slim the figure. In the first it really makes me look older, or rather I am borrowing my father's coat. The back of the coat no longer makes it look like I have a huge, and high, ass. All in all I am very pleased by the aesthetics of the coat.

trench coat
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grey trench front

this is unfortunately the only picture that I have of me in the trench coat before the tailoring that I can find. And to top it all off it isn't really a good shot to highlight what really changed, then again it wasn't really much. The sleeves have been left alone because they were where I wanted them to be, and the only bit of tailoring that was done was on the body of the jacket as well as shortening the belt. You can see how loose the belt sits in the first photograph, and how just making that tighter to the jacket cleans up the lines a bit.

Looking at the side profile you can see how it doesn't add any excess of fabric to my body and frame.

gray plaid pantaloons
Black jacket grey plaid front
grey plaid pant front

I am very pleased with my first attempt at tailoring some pants, and I am really glad that they turned out this well. The MC hammer hips are gone, and have replaced with something a bit more form fitting. And if you look at the hem they no longer have that boot cut appeal to them.

Black jacket grey plaid side
grey plaid pant side

On the side view you can really see how much material was actually taken off, and how much taller it makes me look. Thanks to my Zupancic butt I probably need to take it in a bit at the rear seam, but it is still far superior to how it was. By making the hem ever so slightly flare at the bottom, it actually makes my legs look a bit longer. Also to make the tailoring a bit more challenging, these pants are actually a size too large for me

Tomorrow I am planning to get the black and tan jackets over to Vegas. They should be finished by next week, and you can be sure that I'll get a write up for it soon afterword. Hopefully I will have had my sewing machine fixed by then and I can post the updates to the rest of the pants before that.

-till next time