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Can shoulder divots be removed?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi Men,

 

I have looked at the previous threads and have been unable to find a thorough answer to the following question: Can a suit be altered to remove shoulder divots?  I have a reasonably high-end suit that fits well except for these tremendous shoulder divots.  I would like to try and have them removed, but am afraid of destroying the jacket.  Can this alteration be done?  Is there much risk involved? 

 

Anyone have good experiences with this job in NYC? 

 

Thanks as always for any help,

Bill

post #2 of 14

You could post pictures with the suit on so we could get a closer look.

post #3 of 14
Pictures?
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

I should be able to upload a couple by tomorrow morning.  Many thanks in advance for helping me out.

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

Sorry for the delay.  So it seems plausible that the suit is cut for more of a sloped shoulder gentleman whereas I am more boxy; however, I am just a noob using my intuition.  Any thoughts on the cause, if it can be fixed, and if even worth fixing?  It sub-optimal I am sure, but could be a lot worse (I think?).  Thank you once more for educating me.

 

elay

 

 

post #6 of 14
No, you will need to have someone take the photographs, waving your arm in the air obscures the shoulder form.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

OK, I will have someone else photograph me. Thank you for letting me know.

post #8 of 14
If your shoulder divots are towards the rear, I've had luck letting out the back seam.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thank you; that is encouraging news.

post #10 of 14
Its not a perfect solution, but can help especially if the jacket is tight in the back.

I believe the proper fix is to have sleeves re-attached to match the way your arms hang, but that's certainly above the skill level of most alteration shops. Perhaps one of the tailors here will chime in to this thread.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by kopo View Post

If your shoulder divots are towards the rear, I've had luck letting out the back seam.


Yup, me too. Seems to depend on what's causing the divots. Sometimes the back will be too tight causing pulling, sometimes the armhole will be too small, sometimes the sleeve pitch will be off.

post #12 of 14

Hard to tell but it seems that the sleeve is quite tight when you raise your hand to take a picture. Kind of reminds me a time when i had a MTM jacket made and i wanted it to be quite close fit. After a while i gained some weight and the jacket sleeves were a bit too tight and caused the shoulders to divot. Not much but some. I lost that extra weight and the jacket is good again.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

I will try wearing sleeveless as an experiment, to see if that changes things.  Information has been useful so far men; thank you all.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Yes, a portion of the issue seems to be related to sleeve tightness as making sure the sleeves are extended alleviates the divots to some extent.  Thank you for the suggestion. 

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