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Are these three jackets too long? [Image inside]

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by waterpig, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. waterpig

    waterpig Senior member

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    First, any bunching of the coat sleeve is caused by my dress shirt sleeve being caught on the jacket fabric. The shoulders fit fine and the coats do not bunch over the triceps at all. As the title indicates, I'm worried that the coats are all an inch or so too long. I'm wondering how terrible this looks.

    The sleeves will need to be shortened and I'm assuming this will alter the overall perception of fit; unfortunately, my photoshop skills are not sufficient to render the sleeves at their correct length, so one must use their imagination. [​IMG]

    Any criticism will be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. robin

    robin Senior member

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    I vote for too long, probably by 1-2".
     
  3. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The pants are too long. The jackets look OK to me.
     
  4. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Senior member

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    Both the pant and sleeve length need to be taken up.
     
  5. dagenham

    dagenham Senior member

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    imo, i think they are a bit too long, maybe 1-1.5"
     
  6. waterpig

    waterpig Senior member

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    Both the pant and sleeve length need to be taken up.

    What about the actual length of the jackets? Intolerable?
     
  7. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    Just the sleeves and pants are too long. The skirt length is about as long as you would want it to be in acceptable range, however it is 1-2" longer than my personal preference.
     
  8. stickonatree

    stickonatree Senior member

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    the length of th jacket is OK, maybe 0.5-1" shorter if you are shorter in height. the sleeves need to be taken up 2" though. the middle one also looks like it's doing some pulling at the vents. the 3rd collar looks really low as well.
     
  9. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    sleeves are the worst offender
    jacket length is next, but still plausible
    I would say the pants are perfectly acceptable for most people
     
  10. spence

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    I just had a similar fitting coat altered. Beware that if the sleeve really needs 2" taken off you will probably have to retaper the entire sleeve to get enough fabric to rebuild the area around the buttons. It may shrink the opening 1/2" or so.

    -spence
     
  11. Hard2Fit

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    It would be easier to tell if the photographs were taken from further away. My 'guess' is they are all too long (by about an inch). Good luck.
     
  12. waterpig

    waterpig Senior member

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    the length of th jacket is OK, maybe 0.5-1" shorter if you are shorter in height. the sleeves need to be taken up 2" though. the middle one also looks like it's doing some pulling at the vents. the 3rd collar looks really low as well.

    I think the collar was caught on the shirt collar beneath.

    I think the skirt length is an inch too long for all three jackets but that's something I can live with. The sleeves are going to be shortened over Christmas break.

    I can live with the occasional look of disgust from the random Styleforum poster walking down the street. I doubt anyone else I encounter on a daily basis will think twice that the jacket is 1.5" too long [​IMG]
     
  13. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    You are gonna buy all 3 of them and wear them like that? Might as well buy just 2 and get them fitted right, or even 1 other, better jacket.
     
  14. waterpig

    waterpig Senior member

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    You are gonna buy all 3 of them and wear them like that? Might as well buy just 2 and get them fitted right, or even 1 other, better jacket.

    Well, what is wrong with them after the sleeves are properly tailored? An inch too long? Pfft.
     
  15. stickonatree

    stickonatree Senior member

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    i don't think the jacket hems should be taken up too much. after all it's supposed to cover your ass, which, from the bulge in the 1st and 3rd pic, it's barely doing. 1 inch maximum.
    Well, what is wrong with them after the sleeves are properly tailored? An inch too long? Pfft.
    it takes a lot of money to tailor things...sleeves cost me (on the cheap end) $10 each sleeve, and re-cutting/shaping the jacket hem is pretty expensive. i think tarmac is just saying that the money you spent on having the jackets tailored, which is easily $100+, could have been spent more wisely on a better fitting jacket.
     
  16. waterpig

    waterpig Senior member

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    i don't think the jacket hems should be taken up too much. after all it's supposed to cover your ass, which, from the bulge in the 1st and 3rd pic, it's barely doing. 1 inch maximum.



    it takes a lot of money to tailor things...sleeves cost me (on the cheap end) $10 each sleeve, and re-cutting/shaping the jacket hem is pretty expensive. i think tarmac is just saying that the money you spent on having the jackets tailored, which is easily $100+, could have been spent more wisely on a better fitting jacket.


    Well, the sleeves are going to be tailored by a personal friend, who has been a tailor for over 30 years, as a favor to me. The only expense there will be buying her a nice xmas gift. I have no intention of shortening either of the three jackets (the charcoal is actually part of a suit).

    The total cost of the suit and the two coats is $550. Even if I had to spend another $100 on just the sleeves, which I do not, the final cost would not be outrageous for all three items. The coat on the left is a nice Canali, the middle is a Corneliani suit, and the rightmost jacket is an interesting Hickey Freeman.

    Like you said, the length seems ok to me, maybe just slightly long. I have a bubble butt [​IMG] and the jackets just barely cover it.

    I guess I posted the pictures to see just how high the level of vituperation would be; it seems that it's not all that bad, and I find that reassuring.
     
  17. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Like you said, the length seems ok to me, maybe just slightly long. I have a bubble butt [​IMG] and the jackets just barely cover it.
    Problem solved. My understanding is there are 2 alternative ways to judge the length of the suit: 1) If the fabric falls below where your knuckles when your hands straight down at your sides, the jacket is too long. 2) If a jacket doesn't fully cover your ass, it's too short. In your case, you should opt for the latter as the basis of judging length. It does look a slight touch on the long side with your hands at your sides, but you probably don't spend all day with your hands flat at your sides anyways. Once you get the sleeves fixed, your jackets will still fit better than 90% of other people's jackets will. My RTW suits usually fit like that, and I'm happy enough with them, but I do have my MTM/bespoke suits made shorter.
     
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