Originally Posted by lee_44106
Shoulder alteration is very difficult. Only very experienced tailors can do them. These people are hard to find, so in effect you are out of luck.
Try buying something that fits you better next time.
Very well stated. But, if you must have it done, there are tailors that are capable.
I just had the shoulders narrowed about 1/2 inch on both sides of an Oxxford DB suit I got very cheap NWT on ebay. The tailor that did it works at a store that makes bespoke suits called Cicchini Custom Clothiers in Birmingham, Michigan. The alteration cost about $150. I actually like the way they did the shoulders better than the original Oxxford way, although I lack the technical knowledge to explain why.
The one downside is that the functional buttonholes, that I had done previously, moved further up the arm. The sleeves became shorter, and the cuffs had to be let out. The buttonholes are now slightly in the wrong place, which annoys me, but only slightly.
Lesson learned--make sure everything is perfect before cutting functional buttonholes.
In this case, the shoulder operation was very well worth it, because the suit was high quality, purchased at a low price and the operation was successful.
Try to find a tailor that knows how to make bespoke suits--I would think shoulder narrowing is beyond the capabilities of a typical alterations person.