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post #16 of 25
I am curious how many of you here have received your altered shirts with the same original single needle stitching or at least similar seams as the original shirt?

I never really bothered looking but I now have several shirts that are unravelling at the side seams. I took a look at all my altered RTW shirts and to my horror, they all appeared to be stitched in this manner below:

This is the inside of the shirt. There is a little bit of excess cloth or flap (not more than half an inch) inside which is markedly missing on all the original shirt seams.


The exterior


They even took away the original gusset when they slim the shirts.
Is this just a bad job or are all altered shirts universally stitched this way? The same stitching is found on all my shirts even though the whole bunch of 15 shirts were altered by at least 5 different tailors/ dry cleaners.
post #17 of 25
Bump as I happen to ahve the exact same question as the post above. Can anyone help? Does it make a difference that the tailor redoes the seams in this fashion?
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by tlmusic View Post
For years I've had tailors take in the sides of the shirts with OK results.

I am in the process of trying a service that may be the best solution.

www.collarreplacement.com

They offer "recuts" for only $25. You send them the shirt with the measurements, and they will recut it, yoke, sleeves, etc. New collars and cuffs are extra. Check out the website for detailed information about the process.

I just sent them a Brioni shirt that fits me like a tent to be recut. I will report back about how well it came out.

Has anyone else used this service? I checked out their website and it looks ancient.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by upnorth View Post
I am curious how many of you here have received your altered shirts with the same original single needle stitching or at least similar seams as the original shirt? I never really bothered looking but I now have several shirts that are unravelling at the side seams. I took a look at all my altered RTW shirts and to my horror, they all appeared to be stitched in this manner below: This is the inside of the shirt. There is a little bit of excess cloth or flap (not more than half an inch) inside which is markedly missing on all the original shirt seams. The exterior They even took away the original gusset when they slim the shirts. Is this just a bad job or are all altered shirts universally stitched this way? The same stitching is found on all my shirts even though the whole bunch of 15 shirts were altered by at least 5 different tailors/ dry cleaners.
Any time you are getting a shirt slimmed for under $25 bucks, its very likely the "tailor" doing so is going to do it with a serger--a device that trims the seam and encloses the seam allowance inside a thread casing all in one step. Someone who will finish the seam with a proper French seam will generally charge much more than this. Personally, I wouldn't really want to wear a shirt stitched up that way (gives me flashbacks to cheap poly shirts I had to wear when I was broke). I also don't think it's worth it to spend $40 tailoring a RTW shirt. There are way too many places to get decent MTM shirts at a good price to bother with altering RTW shirts that don't fit reasonably well to begin with.
post #20 of 25
I just checked my shirts. *phew* The stitching looks like the original and I only paid $15 a shirt. I would have to say that the tailor half assed your shirts...
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by East Oakland View Post
... I also don't think it's worth it to spend $40 dollar tailoring a RTW shirt. There are way too many places to get decent MTM shirts at a good price to bother with altering RTW shirts that don't fit reasonably well to begin with.

But a lot of RTW shirts have really cool patterns that just aren't available at your local (or online) MTM place.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by East Oakland View Post
Any time you are getting a shirt slimmed for under $25 bucks, its very likely the "tailor" doing so is going to do it with a serger--a device that trims the seam and encloses the seam allowance inside a thread casing all in one step. Someone who will finish the seam with a proper French seam will generally charge much more than this.

Personally, I wouldn't really want to wear a shirt stitched up that way (gives me flashbacks to cheap poly shirts I had to wear when I was broke). I also don't think it's worth it to spend $40 dollar tailoring a RTW shirt. There are way too many places to get decent MTM shirts at a good price to bother with altering RTW shirts that don't fit reasonably well to begin with.

^^ What he said. Local tailors, in my experience at least, mostly do their work for women. So they put your shirt back together like they would a $10 polyester blouse from JC Penney. Sad but true.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by StanleyVanBuren View Post
Has anyone else used this service? I checked out their website and it looks ancient.

I would stay away. I found this thread through a search, click on that link, and Web Of Trust (browser plug in) came up with all kinds of warnings about how the site has a "poor reputation" due to distribution of malware, or something. Avoid.

But since I'm bumping this thread, I have about 20 old Ascot Chang shirts from my "fat days" that need to be slimmed up and have the sleeves shortened a bit. I think I'm just gonna call Ascot Chang and see if they will fix them for me rather than sending a bunch of $200 shirts to some Internet person....
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by unpainted huffheinz View Post
My tailor also slims the sleeves down and moves the buttons on the cuffs, which improves the fit quite a bit. I have some shirts that few would recognize as Brooks Brothers after alterations.

 

I have a question about this, how much material you leave? How much in ideally fitted shirt you would be able to pull away at the arms?

post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by bleachboy View Post

I would stay away. I found this thread through a search, click on that link, and Web Of Trust (browser plug in) came up with all kinds of warnings about how the site has a "poor reputation" due to distribution of malware, or something. Avoid.

An ancient website being hacked with malware has nothing to do with the quality of their service. They're tailors, not web designers.
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