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Can I have a suit coat adjusted....and NOT mess it up?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RON HUSTLEMAN, Mar 11, 2013.



    Mar 11, 2013
    Milwaukee ,Wisconsin
    My mind apparently did'nt adjust to the fact that I have been losing weight.So I ordered a suit [ A ZOOT SUIT,MY FIRST!} in my old size 52R.Well ,turns out I've been sucessful in my weight loss [ 32 ILBS!} So my suit size is now 48R!Question...if I have the Jacket taken in....would it destroy the suit? I plan on taking it in THURSDAY March 14th.Thanx
  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    can it be done by a very good tailor...yes

    Will it be expensive...yes

    will it like come out as well as something that was the right size in the first place...no

    as such, if you can exchange sizes, do so.
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  3. MattSF

    MattSF Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    I agree with everything Quad said. It can be done, but it won't look as good as getting the right size to begin with and will likely be expensive to do. Try to exchange for the proper size if you can.
  4. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Congratulations on losing weight!

    If you get it altered, you'll have to make sure that you use a tailor who pays attention to detail. If you don't, the stripes won't line up.
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  5. red81

    red81 Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    it's basically more work than making a coat from scratch (am i right)?

    i got some pricing for an old black wool suit to be altered and it just wasn't worth it.

    i would work really hard on returning it for a smaller size.
  6. Big Texas

    Big Texas Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2013
    There is a distinctive look about a suit that was clearly too big and was drastically altered to fit. It'll be "off" in a noticeable way, such that the balance of the suit will be thrown out of whack. Front pockets may migrate backward, the quarters and front will look strange, and whatever isn't taken in (shoulders, for instance) will look boxy. At best, it will look like a larger suit that has been shrunk down disproportionately.

    I would strongly second the previous recommendations to find a new suit.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013
  7. Bounder

    Bounder Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2009

    I'm not sure I agree that it can even be done. Going down four sizes is getting towards the outer limit of what alterations can do. For example, altering the pants may be impossible because at some point, the rear pockets start disappearing.

    I also wonder what size suit you "really" wear. Suit sizes are chest sizes but one of the key drivers of how a suit fits is the shoulders. Re-cutting shoulders is almost never worth it. If you "really" wear a size 48 but have gone up to a 52 because you were fat, a 52 will give you a severe case of "samurai shoulder".

    So yeah, what Quadcammer said. Get the size that actually fits correctly and then have it altered from there.
  8. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2010

    for the most part I agree, although I've seen some very skilled alterations tailor work some miracles. it most cases, it can be done, but the end result is a hideous mess.

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