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The alteration cost thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LooknGr8, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Well-Known Member

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    I've read on this site that it costs up to $500+ to tailor a suit to one's profile.

    Is that for real? If so, is that what to expect in the CBD or is that insane in many places in the USA?

    I am looking for ballpark "what is reasonable" prices for tailoring a suit in your neck of the woods:

    pants: take in/leave out
    hemming pant length
    sleeve take in/let out
    shoulders
    sides

    Throw in what's important beyond that.

    I'm looking for ballpark, I realize that NYC is different from Archbold, OH (where I grew up). But there is "reasonable" and there is not.

    If there's a definitive thread already here, please just link me to it and I'm good. I searched around for a while here and came up empty but that doesn't mean I know it all, heh. I love the veterans here who have the institutional knowledge who can point me in the right directions...without wasting everyone else's time.

    Thank you
     
  2. wetnose

    wetnose Well-Known Member

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    I suggest renaming your thread to the alteration cost thread
     
  3. bleachboy

    bleachboy Well-Known Member

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    I've noticed a trend of lots of new users starting new "The Definitive so-and-so Thread" threads.
     
  4. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Well-Known Member

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    Does that make it wrong? Or does that make it cool that new people are coming to the forum and wanting to improve their looks? (also, "definitive" in thread titles will make it easier for newbies who come later to search out answers instead of posting new threads).

    I respect the vets' presence and experience. School me!
     
  5. Liquidus

    Liquidus Well-Known Member

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    You shouldn't post "definitive" in your thread unless you're the one posting advice.
     
  6. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Well-Known Member

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    I see. I think us newbies were inspired by the pinned "definitive slim fit shirt thread" we see evey time we hit Men's Clothing. Not that it makes it right. Duly changed!
     
  7. LooknGr8

    LooknGr8 Well-Known Member

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    So back to the original topic...what is reasonable to pay for alterations in your neck of the woods by a competent tailor/seamstress?
     
  8. Shoe fetishisisisist

    Shoe fetishisisisist Well-Known Member

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    So back to the original topic...what is reasonable to pay for alterations in your neck of the woods by a competent tailor/seamstress?

    I don't know what certain things are supposed to cost but i picked up a lovely Hilfiger sportcoat on the Wednesday and dropped it off at the tailors the same day to have the sleeves taken up, he told me to pick it up on monday and quoted me £11. not sure what the going rate but that seems pretty good value to me, as long as he does a good job obviously.

    Chris.
     
  9. landshark

    landshark Well-Known Member

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    My costs are

    $20 for the jacket
    $20 for the sleeves
    $20 for the trousers
    =
    $60 for the suit.
     
  10. officeboy

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    My costs are

    $20 for the jacket
    $20 for the sleeves
    $20 for the trousers
    =
    $60 for the suit.

    What is "the jacket" include for alterations? And trousers is hemming?
     
  11. naatkins

    naatkins Active Member

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    My tailoress charges the following:

    Jacket - take in chest and sleeves (narrow upper arm) $28

    Pants - hem $10

    Button - $2 each

    Shirt - Tapering, not darting, opening the seam on the sides of the torso and arms and taking it in - $16

    Shirt - hem $10


    These are the only prices of her work I know, seeing as that's all I've had her do to my stuff.
     
  12. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Well-Known Member

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    pants: take in/leave out
    hemming pant length
    sleeve take in/let out
    shoulders
    sides



    In NYC at my regular tailor....

    Waist - $15
    Seat - $15
    Cuffs/bottom - $10
    Sleeves - $20
    Taper waist - $50
    Recutting pant legs - $75



    In NYC at my tailor for more complicated surgeries...

    Shoulders - $85
    Shorten jacket length - $45
    Lowering collar/fixing bunching in back center seam - $65
    Everything else is either the same as the previous tailor or maybe a few bucks more.
     
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    phxlawstudent Well-Known Member

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    I'm lazy. Here is what good alterations cost in Phoenix. Don't use this tailor, but the prices are in line with the two establishments I do use. Although, I do use a third one for really cheap and simple alterations... http://www.artfultailoring.com/clien...nk=alterations
     
  15. zeero3

    zeero3 Well-Known Member

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    I was just charged $400 for the following work:
    1) shorten sleeves from the shoulder
    2) hem/cuff pants
    3) shorten jacket length
    4) bring in waist
    5) move button placement so lapel lays against chest

    Highly regarded tailor in San Francisco. Told beforehand he's worth the money and does excellent work. This price sound approximately correct???
     
  16. rebel222

    rebel222 Well-Known Member

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    I usually use this RL price schedule as a guide...

    http://www.ralphlauren.com/helpdesk/popup_tailor.html


    Note: this was from a year ago. Not sure if they update this info.


    This is good. Here's the image to help:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. officeboy

    officeboy Well-Known Member

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    If OP wanted this to be the "definitive" thread he could be adding and sorting all this info into the first post. The two posted price lists are probably very useful.
     
  18. potemkin_city_limits

    potemkin_city_limits Well-Known Member

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    It stopped being difinitive after 3/4 of a page of posts about the fact that he started a new thread with difinitive in the title. I think if you are going to start a thread like that it should at least have some info to start with.

    Beginning a difinitive anything thread with a suggestion for users to add all the info themselves doesnt work that well.
     
  19. a tailor

    a tailor Well-Known Member

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    My tailoress charges the following:

    Jacket - take in chest and sleeves (narrow upper arm) $28

    Pants - hem $10

    Button - $2 each

    Shirt - Tapering, not darting, opening the seam on the sides of the torso and arms and taking it in - $16

    Shirt - hem $10


    These are the only prices of her work I know, seeing as that's all I've had her do to my stuff.


    if she does good work, stick with her/
     
  20. officeboy

    officeboy Well-Known Member

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    Just dropped off a few things,
    Hem pants $10
    Slim pants in thighs and leg $15
    Lower collar on jacket $15
    Restitch collar on jacket $5

    A while ago she recut pants and a jacket for me after some weight loss from a 42/36 down to a 40/34. $55
    [​IMG]
     

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