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post #16 of 21
I agree with Alias and Mack that it is too tight at the back, especially between the shoulderblades. I think there may actually be a bit too much fabric just behind your neck, above the pulling points on the shoulder... but you did not enclose a picture from the side to be able to determine properly. I think the buttoning point is way too low.
post #17 of 21
The suits looks fine on you so far. The back seems too tight, but not dramatically so. However, I find the button stance too low and the lapels too wide for my personal taste. It looks kind of old by today's style. .luc
post #18 of 21
Guesses from dark photos and your comments: The suit was made for someone much larger (corpulent) than you in front. That person also had shoulders which sloped much more than yours. Your shoulders and back are a bit wider than the original owner. If you are willing to have the suit taken apart, some of the padding removed, and basically doing a total shoulder and front waist re-cut, the fabric should be there to accomplish that. Depending upon your tailor, it may be a bit costly. On the other hand, it could end up to be a Killer suit.
post #19 of 21
The suit looks beyond repair.  Bury or resell it.  You won't find a tailor who can fix it.  You won't be happy. Buy your size next time
post #20 of 21
For a thrift store find, I would hate to invest TONS of dollars to make it "perfect". The funny thing about this is, just looking at it from the front, the jacket fits better than a lot of the guys I come across daily. Sleeves are long, as many have noted. I realize the front-view is only one component, BUT.... Plenty of guys out there in stuff that looks far worse. Of course, SFers are going to nitpick and want it to be the absolute best fit that you can get. You just have to figure costs vs. benefits. Personally, I would be reluctant to go "major surgery" on it. However, if you think it will become a regular part of your rotation, or even a prominent piece of your wardrobe, then what's a few bucks? I do think the lapels are damn sharp: right width, right "angle", and that is probably what drew you to it in the first place. I'm guessing if it were notch, you probably wouldn't have bothered. See if you can get a cost estimate or two from area tailors, and then you'll have to let your heart and wallet decide how much you want to renovate it.
post #21 of 21
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Of course, SFers are going to nitpick and want it to be the absolute best fit that you can get.  You just have to figure costs vs. benefits.  Personally, I would be reluctant to go "major surgery" on it. However, if you think it will become a regular part of your rotation, or even a prominent piece of your wardrobe, then what's a few bucks?   I do think the lapels are damn sharp: right width, right "angle", and that is probably what drew you to it in the first place.  I'm guessing if it were notch, you probably wouldn't have bothered.  See if you can get a cost estimate or two from area tailors, and then you'll have to let your heart and wallet decide how much you want to renovate it.
That's my point. With an investment of $25 so far, I can safely spend a couple hundred if it will be nearly perfect, and still be way under discount retail for a new suit. Also, this fabric is definitely in the "workhorse" category, and being a very basic (though distinctive) suit, it will work in many different situations. While I really do like the peak lapel, I still might have bothered if it were a notch. The construction is quite good on this. It's not a Huntsman, but it's pretty well done. Buttonholes are handmade, etc. As for the button stance, it's at my navel, which is lower than I might have chosen, but it doesn't look bad in person or have the buckling lapel syndrome of some low buttoning jackets. I might consider getting the bottom hem taken up some depending on the price of that. I hope to take it in to a tailor in the next couple of days, to see what I'm looking at in terms of feasibility.
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