I recently bought a Tom Ford suit in London with the sleeves unfinished. Due to my brief stay in London, I was unable to get the sleeves buttonholes done there. So I brought back to my Australia to have them finished. I brought it to a well-known departmental store (sorry I will not disclose who they are) who knew top-end tailors to finished the buttons as close to Tom Ford as humanly possible. Turned out to be a major disaster. The sleeves buttonholes were ruined. When I first saw it, I knew this suit has gone to shit. I could not bring myself to accept such shoddy workmanship, let alone wearing it ever again. The buttonholes weren't keyholes, there was fraying everywhere, each buttonhole was either too short or too long compared to the standard ones, the alignment was out of whack, they were asymmetrically arranged between the two sleeves. It was simply a nightmare for me. It had to re-corrected by another tailor but still out of whack.
(Sorry no pics - I do not need pics to remind me how badly it was done.)
To cut the story short, the damage was so bad that the sleeves had to be ordered from Tom Ford (with finished buttonholes) directly to replace the current one.
My question is:-
- Can the robe of the shoulder be affected if the sleeves of the suit are to be changed?
- What precautions should be undertaken not to affect the robe of the shoulders when changing sleeves?
I will be meeting up with the tailor when my sleeves comes in. I will, by no means, be advising him what to do, but I like to know the likelihood of ruining the roped shoulders, and what my chances of getting back my suit as close to original as possible. I will be reassured by them it will be perfect. Well, I have been reassured by them before so no reassurance from them can ever be enough at this stage.
I am extremely paranoid about effin' up the robe of the shoulders as it is perfect as it is, as of now.
I would hate it to know that this suit has become an absolutely a eye-sore in my wardrobe.
Please advise. Cheers.
Thanks in advance.