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Altering sleeves on leather jacket?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by deaddog, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. deaddog

    deaddog Senior member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Can I shorten the sleeves on a leather jacket? Can any tailor do it? Is it much harder/more expensive than a regular (wool) jacket?
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    It depends on the detailing of the jacket. If there is a seam or zipper at the end, it may cause issues. On many jackets, though, the leather is just cut, folded and rubber-cemented to the right length, and then the lining sewn in. This is actually significantly easier than a wool jacket. I would think many tailors could do it, but call and ask them.
  3. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Leather can be sewn like fabic also.
  4. fkl118

    fkl118 Senior member

    Oct 24, 2003
    I think it requires more specialized equipment, needles etc.

    I wanted sleeves on a leather jacket shortened, but my two regular tailors wouldn't touch it. I was refered to someone who specializes in leather alterations. I believe it costed $30, which is more than I would normally pay for a similar alteration on a wool jacket.

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