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post #16 of 31
I have some button ups that I'd like to have tailored for casual wear (i.e., not tucked in). Do tailors shorten shirts as well as slim them down? What's the average cost at a Korean dry cleaner/tailor type establishment in NYC?
post #17 of 31
I believe drizzt has his shirts tailored shorter a lot. Can't help you with costs but it can be done.
post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by Garage/Surf Rock View Post
I have some button ups that I'd like to have tailored for casual wear (i.e., not tucked in). Do tailors shorten shirts as well as slim them down? What's the average cost at a Korean dry cleaner/tailor type establishment in NYC?

1. Shirt slimming: someone asked this very question in Men's Clothing and got some great answers from DocHolliday. A nice diagram too
http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ght=slim+shirt
Cost: ~ $20

2. Shirt shortening: an even simpler task; involves cutting off all the material below the desired new shirt hem. The shape of the hem can be altered upon your request as well.
Cost: ~ $15
post #19 of 31
Okay, this is great info. Thanks guys.
post #20 of 31
I have some coat tailoring questions as well. First, I have an older Pategonia duck cotton jacket with a nice lining in it that's a size too large. I love this thing, but its very hard to wear as it feels huge on me...and because its large it doesn't insulate as well as I'd like. Any idea if lined jackets like that can be altered? Second, I was digging through some boxes the other day and found an old jacket that I stole from my dad like 15 years ago. I use to love this thing in high school...totally forgot I had it. Its wool, no lining and needs some repair. Any idea if a thin lining could be added to it? Its probably not worth it, but it has sentimental value....
post #21 of 31
is it possible to WIDEN an armhole diameter in a jacket?
post #22 of 31
Anyone? Thx

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Originally Posted by gdc_2008 View Post
I have some coat tailoring questions as well.

First, I have an older Pategonia duck cotton jacket with a nice lining in it that's a size too large. I love this thing, but its very hard to wear as it feels huge on me...and because its large it doesn't insulate as well as I'd like. Any idea if lined jackets like that can be altered?

Second, I was digging through some boxes the other day and found an old jacket that I stole from my dad like 15 years ago. I use to love this thing in high school...totally forgot I had it. Its wool, no lining and needs some repair. Any idea if a thin lining could be added to it? Its probably not worth it, but it has sentimental value....


post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by Edward Appleby View Post
Unless the jacket has sentimental value or is very valuable, it's probably not worth it. For the arms, waist, and chest, you're looking probably somewhere north of $200. Shoulders are such a bitch to alter that it's not worth doing.

Like Max said, the number one thing to look for as far is fit is the shoulders. Everything else can be changed more easily, and if the shoulders don't fit, it doesn't matter how much you fix the other areas, it's going to look off.


i've been lazy and haven't gotten around to finding a good tailor in town, but i wanted to check with you guys to see if this would even be possible. i ended up receiving the below cloak jacket in a size large as i'd heard it would fit smaller, but unfortunately it fits true to size and i need it to fit like a medium. i'm prepared to spend a couple hundred to get it tailored since i seriously doubt i'd ever have another oppurtunity to get it. is it even possible to tailor a jacket like this a full size down and still have it look good?

post #24 of 31
I'd just have a good conversation with your tailor. If it's pretty big in the shoulders, it might never fit exactly the way you wanted. Take it to him/her and chat though.
post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by sam_tem View Post
i've been lazy and haven't gotten around to finding a good tailor in town, but i wanted to check with you guys to see if this would even be possible. i ended up receiving the below cloak jacket in a size large as i'd heard it would fit smaller, but unfortunately it fits true to size and i need it to fit like a medium. i'm prepared to spend a couple hundred to get it tailored since i seriously doubt i'd ever have another oppurtunity to get it. is it even possible to tailor a jacket like this a full size down and still have it look good?


Not worth it IMHO. I suspect unless the jacket fits exactly how you want it to after some costly alterations (very unlikely), it wouldn't get much wear, if at all. Better flip it while you can. Chances are high you run into something else you'd love just as much.
post #26 of 31
For what it's worth, I just had significant tailoring to slim down two overcoats. Both were very nice coats given to me by family members who are much larger than me. A heavy wool overcoat in great shape cost about $140 to make it closer fitting in the body, shoulders and arms. An older, more beat-up overcoat with significant damage to the lining cost about $180 for repairs and tailoring.

Although I can't say for sure that the tailoring would survive the critical eye of the members of this board, I think that both coats fit very nicely now. For $180 on a nice coat, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
post #27 of 31
Just an update...took my cotton duck whatever jacket to the tailor. He said it would be easy to slim down. He's going to shorten the sleeves, narrow the arms and bring in the body of the jacket and said it'll be $48. Doesn't sound bad, and he's done good work the other times I've gone there. Here's hoping, I love that jacket...
post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by stickonatree View Post
is it possible to WIDEN an armhole diameter in a jacket?

usually there is no extra cloth on the underarm seam or the sleeve.
that is what is needed to do this.
post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by a tailor View Post
usually there is no extra cloth on the underarm seam or the sleeve.
that is what is needed to do this.

i brought the jacket in question (which was thrifted, so no harm done) to m tailor, and he said something about dropping the armhole or whatever, i forgot exactly what it was. i will get it back tomorrow, i guess i will see what he has done...
post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
You can raise the armholes, although it would take a skilled tailor to do that. Also, it depends on whether there was extra cloth tucked away in the jacket for that purpose.

sorry you cant raise an armhole.
the area that needs to be raised is an empty space.
you cant tailor empty space.
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