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How much can a tailor reduce a garment by? For example, if I was a medium and bought an XL shirt, would a tailor be able to comfortably reduce that shirt down to a medium?

 

Thanks.

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post #21873 of 28550
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Originally Posted by Minipower View Post

How much can a tailor reduce a garment by? For example, if I was a medium and bought an XL shirt, would a tailor be able to comfortably reduce that shirt down to a medium?

Thanks.

Probably can, but not worth it in the end.
post #21874 of 28550

guys, can't imagine an outfit with a scarf (semi flax, semi cotton, white polka dot on navy blue plain)

could you recommend or point to pics?

 

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Originally Posted by Minipower View Post

How much can a tailor reduce a garment by? For example, if I was a medium and bought an XL shirt, would a tailor be able to comfortably reduce that shirt down to a medium?
It could be done, but it'd be major shirt surgery. I suppose your tailor could do it comfortably, if you paid him sufficient money. For enough money, a tailor can do nearly any alteration. Some are just sillier than others, and come out worse than others.

If you're a medium, buy a medium. Don't buy an XL, figuring it could be changed into a medium. Better still, buy shirts which are properly sized (by neck size and sleeve length), and not letter sized (XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL). Okay, I don't have any objection to, say, a letter sized polo shirt, but who the heck is going to take an XL polo shirt to the tailor and ask for it to be taken down to a medium?

If you want a Lhasa Apso puppy, don't adopt an adult Great Dane, and figure that with enough re-training and the right grooming you'll wind up getting what you had in mind. It's just not worth the time and money, and you probably won't be 100% satisfied with the results.
post #21876 of 28550

For the cost of having a big shirt essentially re-made for you, you'd probably be better off either buying a shirt in your size, or even having one tailored from scratch.

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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post

 

 


And gluing means no re-crafting, so your $125 shoe will not last.  A few more buck$ and you can get into a Goodyear welt that can be re-soled and re-heeled many, many times and last a lifetime.  So with that in mind, buy a classic that is not likely to go in and out of fashion. 


Yeah but it's a sewn shoe both top and the sole, the sole is leather. Original price was 200$, I'm clueless when it comes to shoemaking so I can't really tell if sewing here is quality or not. The shoe has inprinted "hand-made in Italy". The fact that it is sewn and the sole is leather means that it's suitable for re-crafting at a shoerepairperson's shop?

 

I know the opinion around here is that it's better to get entry level AE for 300$ than 3pairs for 100$ but I need 3-4 pairs now so... I will have to take my chances with cheaper shoes/thrift some and then replace them with time, when I have more monies.

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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post


Probably can, but not worth it in the end.
Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


It could be done, but it'd be major shirt surgery. I suppose your tailor could do it comfortably, if you paid him sufficient money. For enough money, a tailor can do nearly any alteration. Some are just sillier than others, and come out worse than others.

If you're a medium, buy a medium. Don't buy an XL, figuring it could be changed into a medium. Better still, buy shirts which are properly sized (by neck size and sleeve length), and not letter sized (XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL). Okay, I don't have any objection to, say, a letter sized polo shirt, but who the heck is going to take an XL polo shirt to the tailor and ask for it to be taken down to a medium?

If you want a Lhasa Apso puppy, don't adopt an adult Great Dane, and figure that with enough re-training and the right grooming you'll wind up getting what you had in mind. It's just not worth the time and money, and you probably won't be 100% satisfied with the results.
Originally Posted by mimo View Post

For the cost of having a big shirt essentially re-made for you, you'd probably be better off either buying a shirt in your size, or even having one tailored from scratch.

 

Thanks for the reply guys. I wasn't actually considering doing it, just wanted to know the limits of a tailor. It seems with the right money, there aren't any. The main reason is I asked is because I am very slim but have long arms so any shirt that fits me in the chest wont fit in the arms. I will probably get some slim large shirts and get them taken in. Finding casual shirts with neck and arm measurements is a rarity.

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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

 Okay, I don't have any objection to, say, a letter sized polo shirt, but who the heck is going to take an XL polo shirt to the tailor and ask for it to be taken down to a medium?
 

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What are some shoe brand you would recommend?
I've been buying Allen Edmonds lately- great shoe for the price. If you hurry you can get some nice second quality shoes on sale from their outlets..sale ends tomorrow. I have 2 pair of seconds that were $345 retail, but were seconds and on sale for $179. Minor dents on the edges of one and the other has a miss cut hole on the cap toe design. I also ordered 2 more pair this month. Shell cordovan Leeds and white suede Players.
post #21881 of 28550
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Originally Posted by Minipower View Post

 

Thanks for the reply guys. I wasn't actually considering doing it, just wanted to know the limits of a tailor. It seems with the right money, there aren't any. The main reason is I asked is because I am very slim but have long arms so any shirt that fits me in the chest wont fit in the arms. I will probably get some slim large shirts and get them taken in. Finding casual shirts with neck and arm measurements is a rarity.

 

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Yeah but it's a sewn shoe both top and the sole, the sole is leather. Original price was 200$, I'm clueless when it comes to shoemaking so I can't really tell if sewing here is quality or not. The shoe has inprinted "hand-made in Italy". The fact that it is sewn and the sole is leather means that it's suitable for re-crafting at a shoerepairperson's shop?

 

I know the opinion around here is that it's better to get entry level AE for 300$ than 3pairs for 100$ but I need 3-4 pairs now so... I will have to take my chances with cheaper shoes/thrift some and then replace them with time, when I have more monies.

 

A lot of fashion brands make shoes with what looks like stitching in the soles, but that is cosmetic.  I made this mistake some time back when still learning about shoe constructions, and was horrified when my apparently blake-stitched shoes began to separate as the glue degraded!  So be careful, especially if the stitching on what looks like a welt is tight - each one about 2mm or less - and the stitching showing under the sole looks about 5mm per stitch.  It's probably glued together and just with a "traditional" look.  Also, "hand made" means nothing.  It's like "home style" or "farmhouse" or "fresh" in the food industry: as there's no common definition of what it means, it doesn't mean anything at all and is often covering for low quality.

 

The good news is that if something says "blake construction" or "goodyear welted" or "blake rapid construction" (the latter is pretty much as good as goodyear really), it usually is.  And you can get those for not much.  For example, http://samuelwindsorshoes.co.uk/ sells very cheap (sub $100) shoes, and you could get at least your four pairs for under $300.  They won't be wonderful, but they will be proper shoes and not fall apart.  I bought some suede ones for my 14 year old son (he changes shoe size so often it's not worth spending more!), and they looked quite smart.  But I'd suggest going up a notch and getting, say, two pairs for your $300.  You can try www.meermin.es (although beware of long waiting times) for the darlings of Styleforum economy.  Or, for a better service, same price and just less SF-trendiness, you can get Indian-made shoes by English makers like Loake and Barker for about $150.  Try www.herringshoes.co.uk and www.pediwear.co.uk.  They both have outstanding service, will answer all your questions happily on fit, delivery etc, and have a wide selection of styles and prices.  Really, I have ordered from both and been very happy - with the cheap as well as the more expensive lines.  Also, check the clearance lines in your size: you might be lucky and get a big discount off something you like, of even better quality.  Both companies always have some items on sale, and Herring in particular is very easy to search for sale items in your size.

 

Good luck, and let us know what you get!

 

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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post


I've been buying Allen Edmonds lately- great shoe for the price. If you hurry you can get some nice second quality shoes on sale from their outlets..sale ends tomorrow. I have 2 pair of seconds that were $345 retail, but were seconds and on sale for $179. Minor dents on the edges of one and the other has a miss cut hole on the cap toe design. I also ordered 2 more pair this month. Shell cordovan Leeds and white suede Players.

 

Where from, AG?  I like me AEs; how does one access these seconds?

post #21882 of 28550

Follow up on the shoe thread above, as my wedding ensemble is really starting to pile up, cost-wise - if ordering shoes online, how should I determine my size?  I believe I may have been wearing incorrect sizes for many years, and want to be sure I get it right.

post #21883 of 28550

Where are you ordering from?  Allen Edmonds has a thing you can print out to measure yourself - worked for me when I ordered some, and my feet are weird...

post #21884 of 28550
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

if ordering shoes online, how should I determine my size?
Go to a shoe store, and have someone who knows what he's doing measure your foot with a Brannock device.

Properly used, a Brannock device is extremely useful. But although practically all shoe stores have a few of them lying around, it's unusual to find a shoe store employee who actually knows what to do with one, beyond the basics. Consider educating yourself online.
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I believe I may have been wearing incorrect sizes for many years, and want to be sure I get it right.
Many men wear the incorrect shoe size. They wear the same size from high school through retirement, never even considering that their feet (like the rest of their bodies) may have changed over the years.

This often leads to discomfort. Sometimes, it even leads to injury to the foot.

I sometimes wonder whether many of the people who insist that they find dress shoes uncomfortable aren't really suffering from wearing the wrong size dress shoe. (Particularly too narrow a width.) Many athletic shoes are somewhat less size-critical, so they can get away with sloppy sizing when wearing their usual Nikes, but not so much when they wear grown-up shoes. Well, just a thought.
post #21885 of 28550

^^ I'm sure you're right, Michael.

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