Altering a jacket across the shoulders

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  1. Girardian

    Girardian Senior member

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    What are SFers take on altering a jacket to reduce the shoulder width?

    I have a jacket I love but find I do not wear it as often as I would were the shoulders a bit less wide.

    I have a competant tailor, but was curious if anyone here has had it done, if so what it cost, and what your impressions were of any (adverse) impact on the fit or drape of the jacket afterward.
     


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    What are SFers take on altering a jacket to reduce the shoulder width?

    I have a jacket I love but find I do not wear it as often as I would were the shoulders a bit less wide.

    I have a competant tailor, but was curious if anyone here has had it done, if so what it cost, and what your impressions were of any (adverse) impact on the fit or drape of the jacket afterward.


    The last coat I had this done with turned out great. And, I don't remember what I paid, but it was nothing like the prices listed in the thread cited by the person above. Then again the jacket fit well everywhere except the shoulders so it wasn't a total recut. I think I paid $50 or $60.

    The only problem was that the lining wasn't let down enough when the sleeves were lengthened. That was easily fixed and now I'm much happier with the jacket than I was before the alterations. I'm thinking about having others done.
     


  4. Faded501s

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    There was another thread similar to this not long ago where I stated that the shoulders, chest and length of a jacket were pretty much impossible to alter. I came to this conclusion after a lot of reasearch (on SF, AAAC, the web) but inevitably someone came along and said that No, they had the shoulders altered for a reasonable price and it turned out fine.

    Needless to say, I was not swayed and my impression is that it would be very costly for an expert tailor to alter the shoulders (if it is possible at all). There are several very accomplished tailors who are members here and maybe one of them will chime in to clarify. Or possibly do a search for posts by Despos or A Tailor to see what they have said.
     


  5. Roger

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    There was a time when I too thought that altering the shoulders of a jacket was not for the faint of heart nor for those for whom a full bespoke tailor of tremendous skill was not available. I have since learned that this is pure nonsense. I've had the shoulders narrowed on two new Kiton jackets, one new Brioni jacket, and the jacket of one new Isaia suit. The tailors that did the work do make MTM suits and jackets here in Vancouver, but they are certainly not at the level of a Rafael, Shattuck, or Despos. The two tailors involved seemed to think that it wasn't that big a deal. The sleeves had to come off, of course, and to some, the idea of removing the sleeves of a high-end Neapolitan jacket like a Kiton brings tears to their eyes. But is it better to leave the shoulders oversize, producing the look of an ill-fitting garment just to retain all that original Neapolitan hand-stitching? I didn't think so, and have been very happy with every one of the shoulder alterations I have had done and noted above. Cost ran around $125 Cdn., or about $105 US--definitely well worth the price for a properly-fitting (and still top-shelf) jacket.

    At the same time, on some of these, I had the waist nipped a bit too, producing a better-fitting garment; this might have added $30 or so to the total cost. The drape seemed unaffected (more of a factor with the Kiton and Isaia jackets). The overall result in all cases was a jacket that looked much more as though it had been made to measure than previously. I couldn't detect any problems that resulted from these alterations. Altering jacket length, however, is a whole other phenomenon, and that is probably something I wouldn't undertake. [​IMG]
     


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    I pay $30 tops, to two Indians, in a subway station, and the product is sublime. I've had 4 done. Stay Sharp.
     


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    i've had this done, and i paid about $120 USD for it. turned out alright.
     


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