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tailoring horror stories

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hi guys just thought this may be fun...who has tailoring horror stories to tell? whats the worst thing you have been handed back by a tailor after any kind of service? ive been lucky with suits, but once took in three pairs of casual pants (2 Boss and a Zegna) to have the leg shortened, and had them returned back to me three inches above the top of my shoes. i complained and he let the hem out again, but even hanging dead straight they were 1.5 inches too short. he then insisted on charging me despite this - still insisting that they looked fine (despite an over an inch of visible sock in standing position). i fought and took them away disgusted and donated them on the way home to charity. thank god i got them on sale. others? Matt
post #2 of 10
Ain't it great when the same post works for two dissimilar threads?
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(Alexander Kabbaz Posted 03-01-2005 10:54) Bespoke maker, whilst taking measurements of client, "Excuse me, sir, but I am trying to measure the size of your chest and hips without interference. Would you be so kind as to remove the contents of your pockets and place them upon this table?" Bespoke Makers Manual, Chapter 1 Unbreakable Sartorial Rules, Page 1, Paragraph 1, Sentence 1
post #3 of 10
I have had far worse experiences with dry cleaners. There was the "scorched" suit fabric episode (No, Kind Sir, the fabric was not shiny when I left the suit with you), the f''d up lapels on my 3 button coat (No, Kind Sir, the lapel is NOT supposed to stop at the first button. If I wanted it that way, I would have asked the tailor to make it for me like that), and the names all over the shirts episode (No, Kind Sir, I did NOT want you to write my last name all over the inside of my custom shirts - How about if I write my name with permanent ink on your face?).
post #4 of 10
I hate when those fools in the dry cleaners who staple the ticket to the label of the clothing item in question.   A true horror story was my first bespoke experience.  It was to this place down in Chinatown, NYC that will remain nameless.  I wanted a simple overcoat.  The coat he produced had the worst handwork in the world with the all the seams totally unflat.  There was like a ridge on every seam.  Not to mention the coat fit like a garbage bag.  The shoulders were huge.  I don't know if he was measuring a football player then applied the measurements to my slim frame or what.  Wasted 600 big ones on that.  Argg.  Then the heavens opened up and I found Styleforum.
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... the names all over the shirts episode (No, Kind Sir, I did NOT want you to write my last name all over the inside of my custom shirts - How about if I write my name with permanent ink on your face?).
Aargh. I got this today, in fact. I've moved recently and I tried to go to a cleaner in the nabe that's supposed to be good. "...and I'd like the French cuffs ironed flat, please, not folded over." "Uh, I don't know if we can do that. We normally do it like this: <shows me folded cuffs>." "Yes, that's what I don't want. Well, can you let me know if you can't do it flat, please." "Sure. Oh, we don't take credit cards. We'll send you an application for a house account. By the way, you wanted us to set things up in your wife's name--then we'll write her name in the shirts, OK?" "You'll do what?" "We ink your name in the shirt, that way there's no possibility of it getting lost." "Uh, thanks. <walks out door>"
post #6 of 10
A couple of months ago I bought an overcoat that fit perfectly except the sleeves were too long. I brought it to a local tailor and asked him to shorten the sleeves. He said, OK, where do you want them? I had no idea where the correct placement should be, so I indicated a spot equal to where my suit sleeve ends. Long story short, the coat was useless after that as the sleeves were too short and I looked like a moron with the overcoat on. That mishap is what prompted me to search the internet and find this web-site. BTW, could somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the correct placement of an overcoat's sleeve should fall at the the 'V' that is created where your thumb meets your hand, when your arms are by your side, correct?
post #7 of 10
I dont think an overcoat has to have sleeves that go to the "V" you are talking about. That is too long in my estimation. My overcoat sleeves are long enough that they cover my shirt and suit sleeves, and then a bit more to spare. However, they arent long enough to reach the spot you reference. I would feel like I am a kid wearing my dads coat if that were the case.
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I hate when those fools in the dry cleaners who staple the ticket to the label of the clothing item in question.
I have had them staple the ticket to the placket of the shirt (Is it that much to ask in the grey matter department that you shouldnt be stapling shirts?) But by far the most intelligent place they have stapled the tickets are at the bottom of the placket so when you tuck your shirt in you get what our very own Captain V. got.
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I hate when those fools in the dry cleaners who staple the ticket to the label of the clothing item in question.
I totally don't understand this either.  I had one such experience at a dry cleaner last year in Springfield, Oregon.  I had taken a black cashmere scarf to get dry cleaned (in hindsight I should have just handwashed it, but it was only Banana Republic), and when I picked up the scarf, they had stapled the ticket label to the cashmere itself.  In addition, the fringe portion of the scarf had gotten frayed, probably from some machine where the fringe got caught in.  Anyhow, I spoke with the manager about this to voice my displeasure.  She refunded my money, but gave me a lame excuse about stapling the tickets to the items as if it was the only way to keep track of the garment.  I told her that she could have easily stapled it to the label and not the scarf itself.  Her reply to me was that the labels on the garments sometimes come off.  
post #10 of 10
By far the worst experience I've had was with a Zegna MTM suit I purchased through the local outpost of a large department store chain. The "tailor's" measurments were so poor, that the suit's side vents were cut in such a way that they were permanently opened, and the vest was much too large. Worse still was the tailor's insistence that the fit was perfect despite the obvious nature of the defects. Needless to say, I have not utilized this store since.
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