How to Attach Suspenders to Dress Pants

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How to Attach Suspenders to Dress Pants
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Attaching suspenders to your dress trousers can be accomplished in two different ways. With the men's wear influence crossing over into women's business attire and casual wear, suspenders can change a classic dress pant into a current fashion style. Whether you choose to add detachable suspenders or permanently insert it into your waistband, your dress pant's original style will be dramatically altered into a brand new silhouette.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Dress trousers
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Straight pins
  • Dress form with legs (optional)
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Buttonhole guide and foot
  • Thread
  • Clear stay buttons (quantity: 4 buttons: 8-buttons optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mark the width of your suspenders on the facing of your dress pant's waistband. If you have a dress form with legs, it is recommended to try on your trousers and pin the suspenders before to adding buttonholes or buttons. Mark your suspender's width with your tailor's chalk on the front facing of your waistband. You will be adding buttonholes to both ends of your suspenders. You will also be adding buttons to the front and back of your waistband facing.

  2. 2

    Mark your buttonholes horizontally with your tailor's chalk on each end of your suspenders. You can opt to add two to three buttonholes. This allows your suspenders to be adjustable for a tight or loose fit. Keep your button size in mind when determining the buttonhole's length. Space your buttonholes accordingly. For example, for midsize buttons, you can space the buttonholes approximately 1 inch apart.

    It is best to use flat, clear-stay buttons for back-waist comfort, such as 18 ligne or 24 ligne buttons. Ligne refers to the button size. The lower the number, the smaller the button.

  3. 3

    Attach your buttonhole guide to your sewing machine. Change your machine's settings to accommodate the buttonhole foot. Stitch your buttonholes horizontally. It is best to stitch slowly to avoid any fabric shifting. Most suspenders are approximately 2 inches wide and some do not have interfacing. You can opt to add a reverse stitch when closing your buttonhole at each end.

  4. 4

    Slit or cut your buttonholes open with your scissors. Hand-sew your buttons to the facing of your dress pant's waistband. The buttons will be unexposed. Your suspenders will appear as if they are stitched from the inside of your waistband. Try on your trousers and adjust your suspenders. The trousers can be worn with or without suspenders.

  1. 1

    Measure your suspenders' width. Mark the width at the front and back of your dress pant's waistband with your tailor's chalk and mark your suspenders' position. You will mark the facing of your waistband only.

  2. 2

    Mark your buttonholes horizontally with your tailor's chalk on the front end of your suspenders. You can opt to add two to three buttonholes. This allows your suspenders to be adjustable at front for a tight or loose fit. Keep your button size in mind when determining the buttonhole's length. Space your buttonholes accordingly.

  3. 3

    Open the suspenders' width along the markings made with your seam ripper. Take extra time to open the seam. Dress trousers are usually constructed with very tight stitches and can be challenging to pull apart.

  4. 4

    Insert your suspenders at your designated entry points and pin.You can opt to stitch the two suspenders at your waistband's center back. Make sure the inserts do not overlap so you avoid a bulky waistband appearance. Stitch the back and close the open seam with the suspenders inserted at the back view only.

  5. 5

    Attach your buttonhole guide to your sewing machine. Change your machine's settings to accommodate the buttonhole foot. Stitch your buttonholes horizontally at the front of your suspenders only. It is best to stitch slowly to avoid any fabric shifting. You can opt to add a reverse stitch when closing your buttonhole at each end.

  6. 6

    Slit or cut your buttonholes open with your scissors. Hand-sew your buttons to the front facing of your dress pant's waistband. The buttons will be unexposed. Your suspenders will appear as if they are stitched from the inside of your waistband. Try on your trousers and adjust your suspenders.

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