Altering a shirt?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by greg_, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. greg_

    greg_ New Member

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    Sep 28, 2004
    Hello, all. First post (yes, Times) and I'll get right to it. I bought a button down Missoni dress shirt with which I am absolutely in love at Filene's Basement the other day. Besides being beautiful, it was a steal. The problem is that the sleeves are too long and are billowing out on me. This is my first experience buying a shirt on the European size system, and I got a 41. I don't know my exact measurements, but I'd guess I'm about a 16/33.5. As far as I can tell, however, if you're going to get a 16 neck, you have to just pick the size 41 and hope that the sleeves fit you. I also bought a size 41 shirt by Basile which fits me quite nicely.

    So my question is: is it possible to have the shirt altered by shortening the sleeves a bit? If not, what can I do if the neck size is right but the sleeves are too long? I love this shirt too much to return it.

    Thanks for all your help...

  2. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    First, welcome to the forum. Yes, shortening the sleeves is a simple and painless process for a competent tailor, depending on the amount of shortening you need. Beyond a certain point it would throw the sleeve placket length out of balance and/or require shortening from the shoulder, which is (AFAIK) uncommon. I'm sure someone can give you harder numbers on how much it should cost and how much you can have taken up.

  3. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    Jan 29, 2003
    I just had NWT Zegna I bought off Ebay shortened (most Italian and English shirts come with a standard 34" or 35" sleeve for smaller sizes, I need a 31.75"). Cost = $14 in Westchester County New York to move the placket and shorten the sleeve. Looks great. I think darts are another $6-8 if thats your next question.

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