Originally Posted by demizzle
I'm still fairly new to SF but I've always had troubles finding well-fitted clothes and always end up with clothes that are too tight or too loose in certain areas. I'm 5'8" & 145lbs.. shoulders are narrow but chest is proportionally larger so I always end up with shirts tight in the chest but loose/long in the arms. My waist is also narrow so shirts get baggy around the stomach area as well...
I've never gotten any of my clothes altered before aside from getting my pants hemmed (yes, seriously). I was wondering is it common for someone to have most of their clothes altered?
It seems like a huge investment if the majority of my clothes have to be taken into the tailors.
What percentage of your clothes have been taken to the tailors for alterations?
Only us poor people in SWD get clothes tailored. The rich folks in MC go bespoke.
Probably 90% of my clothes are tailored. Once you get your clothes tailored, you rarely go back to ill fitting OTR. Most of my shirts are MTM so no need to tailor that. After 2 or 3 trials, I got it down nicely.
My suits are MTM as well and sometimes I need to tailor things such as take in/let out waist, take in rear, taper legs, etc.
I used to have similar stats to you. When I was training hardcore, I was about 145 lbs at 5'9'' or 5'10''. OTR shirts fit me ill, I had to get the sides taken in. Same with pants as I have a small butt so most pants had excess material around there and looked very bad.
The key is to find a good tailor and stick with him/her.
I have 2 tailors. 1 is OK for some stuff, and is pretty cheap. I would have her do simple jobs like hem. I would not trust her to work with $300 pants though. I use my other tailor for that, of course she charges more than the aforementioned tailor.