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Jacket sleeve alteration: shoulder or cuff?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jon836, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. jon836

    jon836 Member

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    I recently picked up 35 Zegna suits and 15 sport coats, all size 42R and 44R; the problem is that they all have 23" sleeves; way too short for the regular size, and they look kinda silly at that. I want to have them altered, and there is at least 2" to let out in the shoulder, but don't know which route to go. Any help with personal experience; pros & cons.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Despos

    Despos Well-Known Member

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    You cannot make a sleeve longer at the shoulder. The only outlet to make a sleeve longer is at the bottom opening.

    How can you wear two different sizes?
     
  3. ter1413

    ter1413 Well-Known Member

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    Don't ever buy suits that far off from your natural size.....
     
  4. jon836

    jon836 Member

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    Thanks for your response. I had always heard that you could let out a sleeve via the shoulder, but have never had it done.
    I will be selling the suits in the fall, so the size is not a factor for me; I will just get more for them if the sleeves were the right length.
    Thanks again.
     
  5. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

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    You bought 35 suits and 15 jackets at once?

    I feel better now. See I'm not that bad.
     
  6. ihaveaquestion

    ihaveaquestion Active Member

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    Let me ask the question the other way around.

    What if the sleeves are too long? Shoulder or cuff?

    Yeah, i am hijacking this thread. [​IMG] beat it!
     
  7. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    Let me ask the question the other way around.

    What if the sleeves are too long? Shoulder or cuff?

    Yeah, i am hijacking this thread. [​IMG] beat it!


    Always cuff unless working button-holes prevent this.
     
  8. Maccimus

    Maccimus Well-Known Member

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    Always cuff unless working button-holes prevent this.

    Especially when the fabric is patterned.
     
  9. Pieceofsand

    Pieceofsand Well-Known Member

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    I recently picked up 35 Zegna suits and 15 sport coats

    [​IMG]
     
  10. js4design

    js4design Well-Known Member

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    I recently picked up 35 Zegna suits and 15 sport coats, all size 42R and 44R; the problem is that they all have 23" sleeves; way too short for the regular size, and they look kinda silly at that. I want to have them altered, and there is at least 2" to let out in the shoulder, but don't know which route to go. Any help with personal experience; pros & cons.
    Thanks!


    50 suits and sport coats? Did they fall off a truck?
     
  11. jon836

    jon836 Member

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    They were donations to the goodwill; I am not the only one who got them either, had a few friends who picked some up as well. The guy had to have donated 60 suits; all of them with very short arms.
     

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