Altering (Reducing) Jacket/Coast Size?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by neyus, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. neyus

    neyus Senior member

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    Can somebody suggest ways I can have the coat size altered to reduce the length across the shoulders?

    I know quite easily that the Centre Seam can be taken in a little and the two rear side seams. But how do we do the shoulders? Is it a complicated and expensive alteration?
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is it a complicated and expensive alteration?

    Afraid so.
     
  3. Roger

    Roger Senior member

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    The Doctor's right. Sleeves have to come off, shoulder material removed and cut back, and sleeves re-attached. I've had it done several times by a good tailor, but I was nervous about it--at least with the first one. These were expensive jackets, so the cost ($100 or so probably for that, but other alterations added to the total) was justified. For an inexpensive jacket, I'm not sure I'd bother. Also, I would suggest making sure that you get a tailor who does MTM tailoring at least (i.e., makes suits, jackets, and trousers from scratch) to do the work.
     
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    Tomasso Senior member

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    I wouldn't mess with this alteration. Not too many tailors are up to the task.
     
  5. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    You might try asking your local tailors what they might charge and ask to see some of their work. It does take to top level tailor to do this much.
     

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