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Anyone tailored a trench coat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Twotone, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    Just curious if anyone has had a trench coat tailored for a better fit. Mine fits well in the shoulders, but there is too much material at the waist. I'd like to have a slimmer fit, but wonder if it is worth the cost and effort. I have yet to find a "trim fit" trench coat. Mine has a zip-out lining, so I suspect the cost and effort may be more than expected. Has anyone tried this and what were the results?


    Thanks!
     


  2. Tropicalist

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    I have two - one in a mix of cashmere and mink and second in Bactrian camel hair. No need for a lining as they are warm enough to handle anything sub-polar. The big advantage is that you can wear your suit to the fittings and get the coat to fit and fall just right. Actually the whole question is somewhat limiting- if you can afford bespoke get everything bespoke. It is aways worth it. The question should be I can afford bespoke is it then ok to get off the shelf for selected items. In my experience socks and undergarments are quite reasonable off the shelf. For everything else if bespoke option is available it should be the default.
     


  3. Xenon

    Xenon Senior member

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    we are taking trench coat here not over coat.

    I found a beautiful Aquascutum 100% coton trench coat in a gold bronze color that was simply spectacular. Unfortunately it was an ample 46 and I am a thin waisted 36. But it was almost 2/3 off, basically a steal. So I took to my favorite tailor and asked if he could reduce it by 10 sizes. He said he could and proceeded to mark it. A month later I tried it on and it was perfect. The tailor basically recut almost everything and all for $200:D.

    It turned out so good that I bought a second identical trench coat which was the last remaining.
     


  4. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Then you got very lucky, and should be thankful. Generally speaking, asking a tailor to completely recut something is a recipe for an expensive disaster.

    Taking the waist in, however, should be fine.
     


  5. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    I haven't, but if you really like it, I'd consider it. I'm sure that it will turn out fine. I didn't own any trench coats that I thought were worth paying to save, so I just started from scratch.
     


  6. Tropicalist

    Tropicalist Senior member

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    None should wear a trench coat
     


  7. guymac12

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    It would be such a waste to try and tailor a trench coat to alter the fit, especially at the shoulder area. That is why it is important to carefully choose the coat specifically for your measurements.
     


  8. Dib

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    +1

    In the instances I have altered items which are one or two sizes too big, they ended-up not looking great. I've had a trenchcoat taken in slightly from the waist and that turned out absolutely fine.
     


  9. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    There is a reason they come with belts. Use the belt
     


  10. MikeDT

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    You mean like, actually buckle the belt at the front? - and not just leave it dangling at the back?
     


  11. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Kind of how a trench is supposed to cinch up at your waist
     


  12. Quadcammer

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    Some truly asinine posts here.

    nobody is talking about bespoke. secondly, trench coats are ubiquitous for good reason. Have fun with your overcoat in 55 degree weather.
     


  13. Patek

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    WTF are you talking about? Every gentleman should own a trench coat for rainy, chilly fall weather like today in Philly.
     


  14. Superfluous

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    I'm sure you can tailor it for minor adjustments. To the guy that had a jacket tailored 10 sizes, I award you no points.
     


  15. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    it is more work to alter a trench coat then a overcoat.
    different seams.
    usually trench coats are finished ona double needle machine . tailors do not own this sort of machine so to approximate the seams will take more time
     


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