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How much does a tailor charge for shortening suit jacket sleeves?

post #1 of 17
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I need the sleeves in a suit jacket shortened by half an inch, my go to guy Stephen the Tailor in DC said it might cost around $50-60. I've never had this alteration done but this seemed a bit steep. Since it's only a tad, would this imply bringing the sleevehead in or just "hemming" the sleeve cuff?
post #2 of 17
Try Do's in Georgetown. I was real happy with his/their work: I had 1 suit and 4 pants done a few weeks ago. http://www.doscustomtailors.com/
post #3 of 17
woah. that is really expensive. my tailor does it for only 10 bux. she does a very good job on these basic procedures.
post #4 of 17
$10 seems cheap. $50 seems expensive. I think I normally pay $25 or so - assuming the coat doesn't have functional buttons on the sleeves, in which case the tailor will have to take off the sleeves at the shoulders and shorten from there. That would put you over $60.
post #5 of 17
Prices are all over the place. I had it done for ~$30 once.
post #6 of 17
I was recently charged 35 at Wayne Edwards in Philly.
post #7 of 17
Stephen is my tailor too! The last time I saw him, he charged me maybe $30 to shorten jacket sleeves. Yours must be something complex--surgeon's cuffs, perhaps?
post #8 of 17
My tailor charges about $15. She's not incredible, but I've been very happy with her work.
post #9 of 17
I get charged about $15 as well for sleeves w/ non-funtioning buttons
post #10 of 17
$20 without functioning button holes
post #11 of 17
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$20 without functioning button holes

Mine charges the same. Functioning button holes are $10 each.
post #12 of 17
If you're in the Gburg area go to Kentlands tailor - the guy is good. Charges $25 for sleeves and $40 for the collar
post #13 of 17
Oops. She charges 20 dollars. I was thinking pant hem for some reason.
post #14 of 17
Unless they're functioning it's tough to mess thisone up and it can likely be done by the tailor at the local cleaners for between $15 - $20
post #15 of 17
I think people are missing the point. It depends on whether he has to take the sleeve up from the shoulder or whether he can get away with taking it up at the cuff. Basically if the amount to take up is so drastic that it makes the button placement look ridiculous, then you'll have to take up at the shoulder. That means he has to detach the shoulder and reattach it...it's very time consuming.

My tailor charges $30 for such work, but that's after a substantial discount. The super high end tailors down here in Orange County, California typically charge around $75 to $50.
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