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  1. #1
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    20th September 10
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    Questions about single seam trews.

    Ive lost quite a lot of weight recently and my kilts are now all about 4-5 oversized and hang off me like barrels hung from suspenders.
    Ive got some very nice tartan and Id like to turn it into a more traditional style of single seamed, high waisted, fish back trews.
    Waist height and back style seem to be quite manageable, but the single seam stumps me a little.
    My tartan has a repeat of approx 6, so theres a stripe at 6, 12, 18, 24 etc. In an ideal world Id be able to lay out the legs so that a prominent stripe falls on both the front and back crease. But with a tapered leg, the two creases are 6 apart at the ankle and closer to 12 at the hip. I believe Ill be limited to a stripe on the front crease, and a back stripe that runs diagonally out to the hip. I dont see how it could work out any other way.
    Am I right about this or am I off track?
    If Im right, and the back of the pants is going to show a big letter V, then I think it would be a reasonable choice to go instead with an outer seam.
    The second question is about the front closure. A lot of the Edwardian style trousers Ive looked at recently had a square flap and multiple button type fold down front. Is there any reason not to go with this style of front as opposed to a more modern zip or button fly?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    2nd January 10
    Crieff, Perthshire
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    I cannot help with the construction but in terms of the seam, the 'traditional single seam' is a military practice dating from the late 19th century and was always done using double-width cloth.

    In practice, this style is essentially the standard late 19th century military cut in tartan. By contrast, the oldest pair of tartan trews I have seen have a double seam, as do many modern civilian pairs.

  3. #3
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    7th February 08
    Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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    Regarding the multiple buttons flap front closure: decades ago I had a pair of surplus, heavy wool navy pants, that had such a front closure. When one has an urgent need, unbuttoning all those buttons can take, seemingly, forever. I often wondered if this was the origin of the sailors nor pipe dance.
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