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Alteration tips for DB tuxedo


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Jul 28, 2023
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Longtime lurker, first time poster who needs at long last a tuxedo. This is a 38R from Spier & Mackay. I realize that's not everyone's first stop for formal attire but the price was right given this is my first and I'm not confident it will get worn much. (Shirt is Proper Cloth which I will have remade slightly smaller and with shorter sleeves.)

Previously I was a 36R but shoulders have always been tight and having put on about 15 lbs. since my last suit, I've opted for a 38R. I think this was the right call but it's a little big and I'm hoping for alteration advice or if it's better to return it and try something else.

It feels like there's a lot of fabric, for lack of a better phrase. I've never worn a DB suit before and the suits I have are more modern/slim (Theory, Lanvin, and Paul Smith) so it's hard for me to tell what can be chalked up to "classic fit" vs. "too big."


I know I'll need to get the sleeves shortened but is there anything else you'd recommend? Shoulders feel good but there is some wrinkling on the back, and it feels a little tight around my gut. Trousers seem okay. I'm on the fence about tweaking the rise and welcome your thoughts there as well. They are unhemmed and I was reluctant to put pins in them so apologies if that makes fit assessment more difficult.

Lighting was not great so I have boosted brightness and reduced contrast to make the fabric more visible but I assure you it is black.

Any thoughts, suggestions, complaints are welcome. My preference is to keep it and make it work but if that will require such extensive alteration that it gets closer to a MTM price, then why bother? (I'm not sure what the next step up would be... maybe Enzo Custom?)

Thanks for your help and time.
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Aug 20, 2020
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Hard to tell from these pics. (It can also be hard to judge when things are so wrinkly and not draping properly.) As far as I can tell, though, the jacket doesn't look too big or anything. The sleeves are obviously too long. The waist on the trousers also looks too tight. In general, you are supposed to have a little room.

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