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Mistake at the tailor

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi, I recently got a suit altered at a tailor. The work was very good, the only problem was the tailor clearly lengthened the sleeves by about .5", when I was certain that we had both agreed to leeve the sleeves alone (they were unfinished). I don't know if it was just a mistake, or a problem with language barrier. The suit is wearable as is, but shows essentially no shirt cuff. I dislike this and also know that a longer sleeve will promote wear and tear on the suit sleeve cuff unnecessarily. Anyways, I didn't have time to try on the coat at the tailor, but she said, "If there are any problems, just let me know and we'll take care of it." Should I take this at face value and take it back to her? The soonest I could do this is Saturday, a week after I picked it up. Thanks.
post #2 of 11
Anyways, I didn't have time to try on the coat at the tailor, but she said, "If there are any problems, just let me know and we'll take care of it."  Should I take this at face value and take it back to her?
Absolutely, yes, without hesitation.
post #3 of 11
Absolutely - get her to fix it. I've made a tailor 'fix' the sleeve length 3 or 4 times, for exactly the same reason. In their infinite wisdom, many tailors ignore your input and make sleeves way too long. I don't know how many times I've had to have the "1/2" of linen at the cuff" conversation, but I do know that I do a much better job of altering a jacket than any tailor I've ever found.
post #4 of 11
Yeah Johnny, take it back. Shouldn't be a problem at all.
post #5 of 11
If someone is reasonably fluent in the shop, call now and mention the problem. Making a Saturday drop off should be agreeable to both parties with a little communication...
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
So, here's a little update. I had to wear the suit this evening for an event -- I had other suits, but this is a RLPL and is my most stylish and best suit (I like St. Andrews better than Oxxford for styling, so I left the Oxxford in the closet) and I wanted to wear it for this particular event. The sleeves were just ridiculous. I mean, I wasn't with a crowd that would know or anything. But, here's the rub. The tailor put faux buttonholes in -- my orders. When I left the tailor, we specifically agreed that the sleeves should be left at 24.25" -- the length that they were basted at. That length was PERFECT on this suit. It showed precisely .5" of cuff of my dress shirts (all Jantzen, so I have a consistent wrist and sleeve measurement). After I got home from the event, I just couldn't take it anymore. So I cut open the sleeves myself and did my own alteration. I had to move the sleeves up .5" just to get .25" of cuff to show. That means the tailor -- against what we had agreed -- dropped the sleeves .75". Of course, the faux buttonholes cause a big problem. With my alteration the first buttonhole is about 1" from the edge of the sleeve. This is a little bit close, but it's much better than wearing ape sleeves. Obviously the last thing I'm going to do is take it to this tailor to have her take the sleeve up at the shoulder -- I don't think so. My tailoring job at least makes the sleeve serviceable, though not what I would prefer -- this suit looks better with .5" of cuff showing and now I get .25" at most. I'm pissed at this situation. My tailoring job looks a bit homely if you look at the inside of the sleeve, but I did a serviceable job, I think. The sleeve hem is straight at least, and angles downward (why don't all tailors do this) with the pitch of my arm.
post #7 of 11
Should have taken it back to the seamstress that did it and maybe still can, explaining to her what happened. The faux buttonholes can be picked out and redone.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I think I'm just going to live with the current iteration. I finished the sleeves quite well, actually. The length of the button holes from the sleeve end isn't a huge deal to me -- it doesn't look all the much different from my other suits (luckily the buttons were cut on the far side when originally done). I'm definitely not going back to this place -- just too risky and I'm liable to really get pissed. I really did do a pretty good job with the sleeves. If you looked inside you could probably tell from the stitching that it wasn't a master tailor's job. But the hem is even and nicely pressed, the lining is securely stitched in -- though just a bit closer to the sleeve end than it previously was (not a big deal and not really noticeable -- and the length is acceptable at least. Not ideal, but that's how things go. I'd be worried about picking out the stitching. I'm more willing to show .25" of cuff (rather than .5") than to risk screwing up the fabric by picking out the stitching.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
By the way, to give you an idea of what my sleeves looked like, the tailor extended them so that they looked like the right arm in this picture.right sleeve After fixing them myself, they look more like this picture But in their unfinished state -- the length we agreed to keep them at -- they looked more like this picture
post #10 of 11
Johnnynorman - you're in Boston, right? If so, try Breagues (might be slightly misspelled) in Pi Alley for tailoring. I've had great luck with him. He's done two coats for me perfectly.
post #11 of 11
You needed to be more patient with the tailoring process, and should have waited to bring the suit back to the tailor. Your impatience created the courage to alter it yourself. One of the gentleman's rules is: don't wear a new garment for the first time in an important formal occassion/event. You don't know yet how it "behaves", and it adds to the insecurity about its appropriateness and fit. That's why you were unhappy about it. On the positive side knowing how to sew a button is a must for a man/gentleman. You are lucky to have all that skill.
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