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Do you get the suit tailored from the store you bought it at?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bexcellence, May 12, 2012.

  1. Ivon

    Ivon Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    educating yourself*
  2. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    [​IMG] Yes, I'm sure my most recent alterations are correct (or at least better than what I have received at BB and other high end stores in Chicago in the past). I am a difficult fit, so I know first hand that stores will let you walk out with the wrong size and poor fitting suits. I also know that, other than sleeves, hemming the pants and taking the waist of the pants in, most store tailors will only do what you ask them to do. This is not a problem if you know precisely what needs to be done. If, however, you are unsure on what needs to be done, you are not going to get the same result from most in-store tailors. This is why it is the novice or inexperienced suit consumer that has the most to gain by going to an independent tailor, especially if they have fit issues with OTR. In my own experience, the independent tailor altered my jacket in a way that no in-store tailor ever has (taking it in at the back seam) because she immediately recognized the cause of my fit issue (needing to size up for my chest and erect posture).
  3. Roger Everett

    Roger Everett Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Kissimmee, and St. Augustine,Florida
    Find a good tailor and use that person for all you needs. This is one big lesson I've learned in life. When I buy a suit , SC , pants etc., I go to the same tailor I always use. Put it on, stand on the box in front of the mirror and just say " what do you think Daniel and what does it need" . Now, I know I always will have collar roll, that needs work, and that you want a good tailor to fix. He also knows where I like my pants to come to , length I ilke sleeves, and fit of pants. At most the only thing you're going to get included in purchase price is hem pants and adjust sleeves, not a big cost item or much extra money spent at your regular tailor.Getting everything done in one spot and peace of mind is well worth paying this extra.
    The important part is ofcourse is finding a good tailor and developing a good relationship with him.
  4. sding

    sding Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Beginner here. Would a great tailor consider him/herself above such minor work (and just minor work) like hemming or is it all appreciated?
  5. Millerp

    Millerp Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2004

    An alterations tailor should and will do all alterations jobs that come in the door.

    Some bespoke/custom tailors will not do alterations except on clothes they make, but this is not a hard and fast rule.
  6. shilleck

    shilleck Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2011
    With slight modifications, department store alteration services will do.
  7. Bounder

    Bounder Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2009

    Most tailors, even those who do bespoke work, are very happy to do alterations, too. Bespoke-level tailors who can live well on nothing but bespoke work are few and far between, especially in the States. And a lot of good tailors are happy to do alterations work because they know it leads to more bespoke work. It's relatively unlikely that someone you've never seen before is going to walk in and drop 5k on a bespoke suit. A lot of their bespoke clients start of as alterations clients. As they develop a relationship and learn more about fit, etc., they come to see the benefits of bespoke tailoring.

    So by all means, don't feel shy about asking. People with a sincere interest in tailored clothing are a valuable resource. Even the very finest bespoke tailors will be happy to recommend a colleague who does do alterations if they don't do them themselves.
  8. AlexE

    AlexE Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Simple things in the store if for free. Else I go to the tailor I know.
  9. mjjo

    mjjo Active Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    the store has some decent alteration services for simple jobs.
  10. TonyThe Tailor

    TonyThe Tailor Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Charleston West by God Virginia

    Actually, this is false. A QUALITY store has a long-term interest in the client, and will also have a good tailor IN HOUSE. If a suit needs too many alterations, then it is the wrong model/size for you.
    Every day people bring me garments to my store (I do outside alterations also) that are the wrong size and/or model for them, yet they want me to work miracles and make it fit them like a custom garment, mostly because they bought it at "a good deal".
    My advice is to go to stop chasing deals and find a good independent store that has knowledgeable salespeople who will put you in a garment that is best for your body type, has a good tailor on staff and the rest will take care of itself. In the long run, you will have a good wardrobe, good fit and actually save money.
  11. Holdfast

    Holdfast Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    - If there's any cost at all attached to shop alterations, I always have them done by my own tailor instead.
    - If the shop is covering the cost of alterations, I typically hem & haw for five minutes, and then decide to have them done by my own tailor.

    The underlying issues is that it's much less hassle to go to the same place for all your alterations. You know them, they know you, you know what you're getting and they know your preferences. It's just so much simpler all round because everything is a known quantity and there's no game-playing. The more important thing IMO is learning not to buy RTW unless you know what can and can't be done at a cost-effective price for you. Because of this, I personally prefer not to get RTW unless I know that all it needs is something very minor; in practice, that means just trousers in terms of tailored items.
    Last edited: May 17, 2012
  12. colinbc

    colinbc Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    it's fine for me as long as its just minor.

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