I am new here (only observing until now) and am thinking myself about taking the Chan route, but quite deterred by the length of the sleeves. First, if you have working buttonholes ( and I assume this suit has), how difficult is it to shorten them? Second, on some previous posts here and on AAAC, members suggested to bring your best suit. Is it the best thing to do?
I'm not sure I'd let the particulars of my experience detract you. As far as I know, my experience is unique to the members of this forum. The sleeves clearly are in error (by a substantial margin). But Patrick has committed to making things right and I'm convinced he will. That brings me to your other question regarding the wisdom of bringing your best suit as a template. I think I erred in coming to the appointment in a suit that was so radically different from both what I was looking for and what Chan specializes in. The Brioni is as close to perfect in sleeve length as you could expect from OTR. But its shoulders are shorter and a bit higher than the Chan. I compared the sleeve lengths of the two jackets and they are almost exactly the same, so clearly the shoulder is the culprit. As I mentioned previously, if I had it to do over again, I'd have eschewed the suit and come to the appointment in only a shirt and trousers. In this case, my Brioni was nothing more than a distraction.