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Allowances for alterations to tailored clothing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jefferyd, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    It is a great article. We will actually be putting this and other articles like it in our articles section, so that the content stays "everygreen" and can be easily used as a reference. This system will be useful for both established and new members, and new members with questions can easily be referred to it, and not be daunted by a 1000 page thread.
     
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    One of the lesser known detrimental by-products of overindulging.
     
  3. fab100

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    Very very nice write-up !
     
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    There might be even only one inch in the side seam per half body side available as inlay to let out. If you need more than that it effect the stomach dart like JD says and you need a new draft. The stomach dart in the pocket keeps the fronts shaped around your belly and is an important tool to make your jacket fit. When the stomach grows you also need more front length over the belly.

    The best is when you vary between slim and getting fat you have two suits, LOL. One for slim times and one for fat times.
    It is also true that the most perfect cutters only cut almost none inlay, as the inlay might disturb the fall of fabric or shine through when using light material.


    The side seam is a sensitive seam where big inlays disturb. So you better have your weight locked in when ordering an expensive suit.
     
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    Leonel Dante Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for sharing all this. Very detailed and useful information!
     
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    These threads are fantastic reading!! I do have to pick a small issue though, having worked in a tailoring business specializing in alterations I have rarely seen a trouser with 2.5" to let out, only ever on bespoke or made to measure garments. Most OTR trousers seem to have slightly less than a full size roughly 3.5cm total (1.5" roughly). Which always leaves a problem if the client has the jacket that fits and needs to let the trousers out a full size as is not possible.
     
  7. AbrahamFromNOLA

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    Great information!

    Is there any information you can provide on the average cost of performing each alteration? I am currently using a very skilled tailor from Spain who refuses to deliver a quote for his services. I just have to wait until the services are performed to know what the damage is. It's a slight inconvenience and a pain to try to budget these types of items.
     
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    Wow, amazing piece of knowledge. Thanks.
     

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