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post #16 of 25
Look at how much material is in the inside bottom hem. Probably 1/2". That is about all it can be lengthened and I doubt it would be worth it.
post #17 of 25
I'm in the same boat. I have found 36Rs that are just long enough (at least I keep telling myself that). I have had one jacket lengthened. It was unlined so it was fairly easy for the tailor to see there was plenty of material. But it was lengthened in such a way so that it was extended about half an inch in the back (maybe up to an inch, I can't remember) and then tapered to the front where the jacket front begins to curve up, because the tailor felt that there wouldn't have been enough material and the job would have been a lot more complicated. Just to note that this is a tailor that seems to always remove and reattach sleeves when taking in the back of a jacket just to keep the back clean so when he said complicated I left it at that. I think the lengthening was fairly successful. Now my arse is covered and it didn't unbalance the jacket noticeably.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by westinghouse View Post
Look at how much material is in the inside bottom hem. Probably 1/2". That is about all it can be lengthened and I doubt it would be worth it.

The hem is not the issue. The quarters are trimmed close to the stitching, that's why you can't let it out. Maybe on a DB, where there is no curve.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Martin Stall View Post
The hem is not the issue. The quarters are trimmed close to the stitching, that's why you can't let it out. Maybe on a DB, where there is no curve.

Perhaps your tailor cannot. Mine has done it to several of my SB suits.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by westinghouse View Post
Perhaps your tailor cannot. Mine has done it to several of my SB suits.

I AM a tailor. I'd be interested to talk to your tailor.
post #21 of 25
We open the jacket hem, press everything flat. Mark the new length as long as possible and reshape the front edge/curve into the new line. This makes the front quarters more open. Sometimes we have to add a piece of cloth to the hem to have a sufficient turn up.

Some DB outlets are trimmed away on the facing and hem at the front corner point and cannot be lengthened. If you do have cloth at the hem, you can piece the facing.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by wsblend View Post
Pure genius. Now provide a link.

Are you unable to leave your house to go to a shop? These sizes are not common but they are definitely out there if you look around; you may end up having to pay retail prices but the only other option is to go MTM which will likely cost you just as much...
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
We open the jacket hem, press everything flat. Mark the new length as long as possible and reshape the front edge/curve into the new line. This makes the front quarters more open. Sometimes we have to add a piece of cloth to the hem to have a sufficient turn up.

Some DB outlets are trimmed away on the facing and hem at the front corner point and cannot be lengthened. If you do have cloth at the hem, you can piece the facing.

Ok, I submit. It CAN be done IF opening the quarters isn't a problem. Wasn't considering that as an option last night.

Damn, I really should stop getting stuck in threads. At least this time, it was a tailor putting me in my place. Thanks though mr Despos.
post #24 of 25
I quite don't understand where all those questions about alterations come from. And where you guys find a "tailor" who actually goes for it. It's most likely the same who widened the chest?!
Why would anyone possibly buy a coat that is too short in the first place.
Unless it is bespoke and there are outlets (also known as inlays) at the facings (and even then), it is just a silly thing to do.
The most you can let out is about 2cm, and only if the lining has sufficient length (which is very unlikely for RTW and MTM). otherwise you have to piece the hem (try and find a similar fabric!).
post #25 of 25
I'd suggest in future also sticking to brands that tend to run a little longer. I think the Brits and Germans generally have longer cuts.
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