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Old 12-04-16, 01:09 PM
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Anyone 'altered' clothing to eliminate flap?

Looking for some ideas/suggestions for eliminating flap in a wind jacket. As the story goes, I was looking for a fitted, stretchable outer wind layer and came upon Pearl Izumi's Aero jacket. The fit in the torso and the arms is as good as one could expect with wind-resistant material and it's a great fit all-around when standing, but once on the bike, it rides up the back creating a large bubble of extra material across the shoulders and behind the neck that flaps like mad and, in addition to being unbearably annoying, has a very noticeable effect on speed. Part of the issue is that the jacket doesn't have any pockets to fill with gear to weigh it down from riding up, but fitted wind jackets are few and far between, and anything else would be highly expensive, so I'm trying to make this one work instead of tossing it and finding a replacement.

Has anyone ever had a jersey or jacket altered by a seamstress to give it a better fit, or anything to that effect?
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Old 12-04-16, 01:33 PM
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Not cycling clothing but I used to regularly give new foul weather pants to a seamstress friend to have about 4" more leg sewn on so they would stay over my boots when I sat with my legs over the side of sailboats racing in San Francisco Bay. That allowed me to buy an wear pants that fit and weren't huge and have dry feet at the end of the day. Very long legs.

Just now, I had a local dry-cleaning shop replace the zippers on 4 Mavic Jerseys I picked up on big sale - certainly because the zippers were losers though the rest of the jerseys were very good spring/fall jerseys; as good as I have ever had.

I don't have issues with my windbreaker/rain jackets riding up but I do always look for one feature on such jackets and pass on any that do not hace it. Two-way zippers. They make for - not destroying the jacket when I have a lot of stuff, tools, etc in my pockets and allow me to get food and keys out of my jacket without unzipping it from the top in hard rains.

Not an answer to your question, but perhaps a hint that there is precedent. You might ask around if there is an outdoor clothing/equipment repair person/outfit around. REI could be a good place to ask if you have one locally. And, I'll bet a good cobbler would know.

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Old 12-04-16, 01:50 PM
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AKA "Pegging" .. Made a Pair of Black pants into something I could cycle in by having the leg tapered and a Zipper put in .
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Old 12-05-16, 04:53 AM
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I have used this place with good results: specialtyoutdoors.com .
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Old 12-05-16, 09:05 PM
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I do it myself.

Narrow zig zag stitch to allow some stretch,

don't bother cutting off the extra material.

Usually it is taking in the side seams of jerseys to make the chest/ sleeves more fitted,

but a new (in the never ending quest for a light jacket that doesn't flap) wind jacket

flaps at the shoulders, so I'll probably take some tucks there.
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Old 12-05-16, 09:12 PM
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You could try putting on a larger stretchy layer over the wind jacket.

I have used adhesive velcro to make fasteners to pull in one of those disposable rain jackets, fasteners in front to pull it tight and one under each arm. Which helped some but didn't eliminate flapping.
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Old 12-06-16, 10:42 AM
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Seems like it would be easier to just try on a few different lines of clothing until you find something that fits your body style. Tis why I don't like shopping online for clothing, unless replacing something I already own.
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