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post #16 of 33
I'll speak up for Will Field as well
I brought in 2 suits and a jacket for alterations - two of which were nearly a size too large (damn deals) and though the work was not cheap or fast, everything looks perfect.
I traveled down from Baltimore as I've not heard of anyone in my area comparable
post #17 of 33
great idea-- I def think the NoVAs should to a get together in the DC area, and the W looks like an excellent place for a meet up.

My own two cents on tailoring-- there are some alterations that most any tailor can do (take in sides of a jacket, trouser waist/ length) and can be done inexpensively, and even retail stores can handle these.

Next level required (shortening shirt sleeves/ moving the placket, jacket collar work, working on a previously tailored jacket to alter but retain "balance"), I go to Matt's tailoring in FC. His prices are fair, he's a custom tailor and has a good eye for flaws.

Functional buttonholes are more of an ulta-top-notch-tailoring job to have done, so I send those to Atlanta for a $100 operation and get excellent handsewn buttonholes done with a fast turnaround.


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I say wait for the warm weather and hit up the W Hotel terrace: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotel...ropertyID=3279



Field is pricey and takes some time, but the quality of the finished product is top notch. Will Field is a good guy to boot, and will absolutely accommodate you if you require a quick turn-around.

He also hosts the occasional trunk show for Harvie & Hudson, and Paul Davies (a/k/a The London Shoemaker).
post #18 of 33
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Sun Tailor at Tyson's Corner is good.

I brought in about a half-dozen Hickey Freeman suits that I had recently inherited to Sun a few months ago. Each time I went to pick them up, I found that the collar either was standing up from the neck or bunching up under the neck. And each time, the owner was telling me that they fit just fine. Four times I went to pick them up and then turned them back over to Sun because they simply did not fit in the collar - not even close.

I finally gave up, wrote off the money, and took the worse of the coats to Fields in Georgetown. I will be picking them up in a few days and will report back, but I can say right now that Sun Tailor is simply not competent.
post #19 of 33
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Mr. Lee, Best Custom Tailors. 9126 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia. Had a bunch of shirts, pants, and sport coats slimmed down by him, great results every time. $20 to take in a shirt on the sides along with the sleeves, ~$20 to take the seat of the pants in, ~$15 to taper the leg, ~$30 for waist suppression on a jacket, ~$75 for significant waist and chest suppression requiring opening up the sleeves.

Just got a HF sportcoat back from Mr. Lee @ Best Custom Tailors. Based on some of the other posts on prices (i.e., fields) Mr. Lee's prices are extrememly competitive. Plus, he did an excellent job, was very professional, and was timely. I got sleeves shortened and working buttonholes added.

All the times I stopped by his shop (3 times), he always had at least one customer in there being fitting/measured, etc so it seems a lot of people in the area use him. Probably for good reason too.

Will definetly go back for my next alteration
post #20 of 33
Glad to hear about your positive experience. Can you post some pics of the working button holes? How much did that run you?
post #21 of 33
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Glad to hear about your positive experience. Can you post some pics of the working button holes? How much did that run you?

It was $65 for sleeve shortening and working buttonholes. The coat came with the buttons off and the lining was deliberately not strongly sewn in which I assume made it easier



post #22 of 33
My post from the other thread here as well:

I've been taking my things to Randolph's Custom Tailors (Mr. Lee, I believe) in Ballston for about a year now. So far, I've been very impressed with his work. I started with simple stuff, but he recently took three inches out of both sides of the back of one of my suits - which is a little more difficult, as I understand. I was quite pleased with the results, and with the bill - $60. I'm no expert, but the stitching seems very well-done, I've had no problems with the suits since, and I look great in them.

Certainly, though, Will Field is the best there is to be had in DC. If he weren't so far out of my way, I'd use him for everything - price be damned.
post #23 of 33
Dulles Custom Tailors came highly recommended in the Dulles Town Center. I've taken my Canali to Field's but I think I paid a bit too much for the work I had done. Anyhow, I dropped off a few items at DTC to get some more work done. I'm having my Canali suit trouser tapered, removing about 1/2" of seat from another Canali 14xxx slim suit trouser, and getting a bunch of shirts darted...I'll let you know how that goes...In the interim, I will be holding my breath.....

Has anyone had experience with DTC?
post #24 of 33
I also go to Sun's tailoring at Tyson's Galleria. He has always done an excellent job on my suits.
post #25 of 33
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It was $65 for sleeve shortening and working buttonholes. The coat came with the buttons off and the lining was deliberately not strongly sewn in which I assume made it easier

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Looks good!
post #26 of 33
there have been a bunch of NoVA meet ups already, ya'll are late
post #27 of 33
Last week I brought a suit to George at George's Valet (on Wilson Blvd, cross to the intersection with George Mason Drive). It's really nothing more than an unfurnished office with a couple working tables inside and suits all over the place, but I've heard good things about him. He's letting out the jacket, adding some room to the waist of the pants, and doing some work down the length of the pants in addition to the cuffs. Quoted price was $110, so we'll see how that stacks up when I get it back. Seems a bit high compared to Best Custom Tailors, and a drop in the bucket compared to Field's.
post #28 of 33
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Dulles Custom Tailors came highly recommended in the Dulles Town Center. I've taken my Canali to Field's but I think I paid a bit too much for the work I had done. Anyhow, I dropped off a few items at DTC to get some more work done. I'm having my Canali suit trouser tapered, removing about 1/2" of seat from another Canali 14xxx slim suit trouser, and getting a bunch of shirts darted...I'll let you know how that goes...In the interim, I will be holding my breath.....

Has anyone had experience with DTC?

So, I got my suit back from Dulles Custom Tailor and I have to admit I wasn't too impressed. First of all, to get 3 shirts darted, he charged me $28 a pop. Second, there is a problem with the center vent of the jacket after I decided to remove the roll on the collar. I'm going to Lee's today and I'll update with the status...

Should've gone to Fields from the beginning
post #29 of 33
I can vouch for Lee's Custom Tailors in Fairfax as well. Not very convenient for me, but well worth the trip. He's done button holes on numerous sport coats, as well as tailoring trousers and suits. It usually takes about a week and he does an excellent job.
post #30 of 33
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Last week I brought a suit to George at George's Valet (on Wilson Blvd, cross to the intersection with George Mason Drive). It's really nothing more than an unfurnished office with a couple working tables inside and suits all over the place, but I've heard good things about him. He's letting out the jacket, adding some room to the waist of the pants, and doing some work down the length of the pants in addition to the cuffs. Quoted price was $110, so we'll see how that stacks up when I get it back. Seems a bit high compared to Best Custom Tailors, and a drop in the bucket compared to Field's.
The Report: George gets a thumbs down, nice a man as he is. The stitching on the bottom of the jacket near the vent came undone during my first day wearing it, which suggests to me he didn't put much time in it. Whatever he did letting out the jacket also screwed up the shoulders a bit; they are slightly imbalanced and now protrude further over the sleeves than they initially did. Sort of a linebacker thing going on all of a sudden.

He did a very good job on the pants (the break is a little heavier than I wanted, but they do look good), but I won't bring him another jacket. I'm going back tomorrow to have him fix the stitching. Lee's Tailors in Fairfax will be next.
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