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Altering polo shirts

mbc

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How competent does a tailor have to be to alter a polo shirt, and how much should I expect to pay? I'm mostly thinking things like taking in the waist/hips, as even my slimmer fitting polos seem to flare out at the hips after a couple of washes. I doubt it's the way I'm washing them... cold/cold, flat air dry, etc.
 

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Most tailors refuse to work on knits like polos and tees. If they do, they will charge a ridiculous amount, like $10 per operation, e.g. $10 to take in the sides, another $10 to shorten the length, another $10 to shorten the sleeves. It's hopeless.
 

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Reviving this thread for a related question... can polo shirts be darted in the back? And if so, would that look ridiculous? I'm not sure how darts would play with something with a straight hem.

I'm finding that even with "slim fit" polos I have the same problem I have with dress shirts, in that there's excess fabric in the waist and lower back which tends to make my midsection look rather billowy.
 

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Darts would look silly. I've had polos taken in for a small amount of money. It depends on whether they have the machines, I think.
 

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