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Reduce the size of lapel on Linen Jacket?

post #1 of 6
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I have an old linen suit by Yves St Laurent. I like it, but it has a massive lapel stretching almost all the way to the seam of the arm hole.

Could a tailor reduce the size of the lapel at a reasonable price?
post #2 of 6
if the lapel has a buttonhole forget it.
post #3 of 6
Just fly those freak flags. Or sell it to LabelKing.
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by a tailor View Post
if the lapel has a buttonhole forget it.

What if it's so wide that you actually want the new edge to be further in than the inner edge of the existing button-hole?
post #5 of 6
There is more that one way to narrow the lapel. Sometimes the jacket can be cut under the lapel inside of the breakline on the chest. This works when the buttonhole is cut.
If the lapel is narrowed on the lapel edge, you want to make sure the grain line of the cloth stays parallel to the lapel edge. It will look chopped up and wrong if you do not. I would question very carefully how your tailor would do it. You don't want the tailor with the lowest price. If he does not understand the outcome he is creating, you lost a jacket. If the jacket is canvassed and has top stitching or pic stitching, it is a lot of work. I did a lot of these in the 80's and would charge 150.00 back then. You don't want to discern that the jacket has been altered when it is finished.
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Thread Starter 
Despos Thank you. Good answer.
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