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NYC Tailor: Tapering Sleeves and Taking in Sides

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I am interested in getting the sleeves and body of my Pal Zileri suit taken in and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a tailor who could get the job done. I am looking for a tailor in Manhattan preferably in West Village, East village or Gramercy Park.
post #2 of 13
There is a thread on NYC tailors for alterations. It has several recommendation. I ended up dropping my suits at Bhambi this week because they were recommended in that thread. They are in 60th St next to Central Park.
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Awesome. I appreciate you getting back to me. I will look into Bhambi. What are you having done and at what cost? Thanks in advance.
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Awesome. I appreciate you getting back to me. I will look into Bhambi. What are you having done and at what cost? Thanks in advance.

 

I dropped two suits. The jackets had sides taken in @ 95 and collar lowered @ 45. The trousers had waist and set adjusted @ 35, leg tapered @ 45, and hemmed @ 25. Total for two suits 490.
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I dropped two suits. The jackets had sides taken in @ 95 and collar lowered @ 45. The trousers had waist and set adjusted @ 35, leg tapered @ 45, and hemmed @ 25. Total for two suits 490.
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Bhambi is maybe the most expensive place in the city. The work was good but price is ridiculous. David Reeves a bespoke tailor on this forum recommended Cardelino tailor shop near the flat iron to remove pleats for me but I haven't done it yet.
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Update: I agree the price for work is ridiculous. I am still not satisfied with the jacket. I was at CEGO to get some shirts made this week and Carl also recommended Cardelino. I'm heading there next.
 

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Update: I agree the price for work is ridiculous. I am still not satisfied with the jacket. I was at CEGO to get some shirts made this week and Carl also recommended Cardelino. I'm heading there next.
 

How was Cardelino?

post #9 of 13
Just dropped off some shirts at Cardelino's to get darts put in. Yes, simple stuff, but if this is good, I may have them do bigger tasks. I'll report back this weekend.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quick update:
I ended up taking all of my suits to Dynasty to get the sleeves and body tapered. He did an unbelievable job and in a timely manner. Dropped off on Wednesday and picked up Saturday. Just my two cents.
post #11 of 13

Price? 

Price is a large factor, I'm more then willing to pay above "average" for a service done well. However I won't pay almost double for the same quality of work. 

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Cardelino is not worth going to.  The work can be good but is usually rushed.  When Pedro takes in shirts at the side he does not try to replicate the original stitching, it is a single stitch.  For length of sleeves or pants he is not precise.  He may pin the clothing be he makes estimates - I almost always had to get the length redone.  His darts are ridiculous without keeping in mind the pleats of the shirt.  He does not taper pants properly.  Right now I am wearing a pair of incotex pants I had him work on and I am so annoyed because the almost look like bell bottoms...  I actually should write a long review on his work but I would feel bad because we actually had a nice relationship.

 

His wife is extremely rude.  I would avoid this place - it is expensive, the work is not consistent and more often below average, unfortunately.

 

He has ruined a pair of my jeans.  He said he could alter them and now they have a hugeee seat - they are unwearable.  I also had him take in the sides of a shirt and for some reason after he altered it, the shirt kept bunching where the yolk meets the collar.  I took it back and he said he would fix it.  When I got it back the problem is worse.  I took the shirt to another tailor this weekend and it appears Pedro cut the yolk in like half and tried to re-due the shoulders.  Shirt is totally ruined.  The tailor I took him to this weekend told me he might be able to fix it but he would have to charge me $40-50 because it would take a lot of him.  He told me it was probably not worth it because even if he could stop the bunching the yolk is laughable.  There's no point on me going back to Pedro to complain.

 

Honestly, even pants I had him just adjust the length, the hem is so poorly done that on one pair of khakis it is halfway undone already and I probably have only worn the pants two times since having it altered (incotex icegab).

 

Now I am going to have to have all my dress pants redone and the sleeves of half of my shirts redone.  Unfortunately, the 20 something shirts he tailored cannot have the stitching replaced without paying for the sides to be taken in, again.


Edited by dapperj - 1/14/13 at 11:33am
post #13 of 13

One thing that really annoyed me about Pedro is after altering something and I would try it on and he would said it is wearable.  I am not paying top dollar for my clothing to be wearable... I want them to be the best they can be...

 

I was new to the city and too soft to do anything until I already literally spent several thousand dollars.  (just graduated from law school and bought a whole new wardrobe - I still have seven unaltered pairs of pants and 7 pants Pedro screwed up that I need to have re-altered for proper taper and less crotch/seat ($66 each pair at my new tailor, if that is too much PLEASE tell me and provide another recommendation). 

 

The only reason I even went out to find a new tailor is because Pedro told me he wouldn't alter a cashmere sweater (loro piana) and I needed to have a knit repair person do it.  I googled and found that not to be the case.  So I made some calls and found a tailor who agreed to do it.  I went in and asked to see some of his work.  The first thing that was a total shocker to me was the original stitching when taking in the sides of shirts.  Sure few will notice the seams on my shirts but I launder all of my shirts and I get so annoyed now when I iron a shirt Pedro worked on because it has the cheap single stitch...

 

dgfkljskdfjgdfklgjdfkl  It gets me so mad...
 

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