Can overcoats be tailored?

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  1. tbs

    tbs New Member

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    I was recently at a Brooks Bros. trying on one of their Brookstorm overcoats. When trying on suit jackets, I usually need 44R to fit my shoulders, but I always need to have the midsection taken in a couple of inches.

    I found a 44R Brookstorm that fit my shoulders well, but as expected it was too large around the middle. However, the salesperson said that overcoats could not be tailored like suits. Hence - too bad for me.

    I find this hard to believe, as this presumes that these coats will fit only one body type. Was she correct?
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You were told a lot of old ****. Overcoats can be altered just the same way jackets can. Particular taking in the waist or the skirt is no problem at all.

    Some materials, like heavy or waxed cotton, leather etc. will show the marks of previous stitching forever. Particular if the seams are topstitched, like in many casual garments, that might limit what you can and cannot do. No problems of this kind with wool or wool-like fabrics.
     
  3. stache

    stache Senior member

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    This clerk is out of her mind.
     
  4. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    Yes, you really should go back and straighten her out. To use an example, upon getting my first "real" job I went out and bought a RL polo coat. Camel, double breasted, the whole thing. At the time I was bulkier than I am now. I bought a 42L and wore it happily for about 3 years. However, as I have aged I have slimmed down and it was too big on me through the body. I took it back to the RL mansion, where the tailor completely trimmed down the body for me. It fits perfect now. I did this about 3 years ago. I think it cost me about $80.00.

    When you have a question about alterations, NEVER ask the salesperson. Go right to the tailor. Hes the one who is doing the alteration anyway.
     
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    kabert Senior member

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    It's quite sad to think that Brooks is hiring such unbelievably inexperienced people. If the seams are sewn, and not taped or riveted, then it can be altered. And even in those cases, alterations could be made though'd be more difficult.
     
  6. TEHesketh

    TEHesketh Active Member

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    I believe this coat is made using the Loro Piana "Stormsystem" cloth. This has a breathable backing layer attached to the fabric, similar to Goretex, and it may require the seams to be sealed if it is to remain waterproof. This couldn't be done by a tailor.
    If Brooks Bros. are selling the coat as waterproof then obviously they wouldn't suggest you make alterations which make it permeable.
    I may be wrong of course, but it could be a reason.

    Rob
     
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    Panzeraxe Senior member

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    Nope - I have exactly the same coat and had the waist taken in by 2.5" back in November. The salesperson is smoking the good stuff.

    Panzer
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    He mentioned that the salesperson said that overcoats (in general) could not be taken in. In that case, she really is very badly trained. Of course overcoats can be taken in, as a matter of fact I have an appointment with my tailor on Friday to turn my 38R overcoat into 36S, thus not only can minor alterations be done, but major ones as well (as long as the material allows for it, as I recall that certain ultra-heavy cashmeres are hard to properly curve).

    Jon.
     
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    Dollars to doughnuts that what the sales person meant was that the overcoat couldn't be tailored through Brooks Brothers.
     
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    SmartDresser Well-Known Member

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    Ya, we can find out the answer for ourselves by looking inside the coat. Easy stuff, especially for someone who makes a living selling. [​IMG]
     
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    This may be the answer to a problem I've been having.

    I'm starting a new job and want to get an overcoat, but I'm really tall and skinny and a 38, the smallest size I generally see, is too big. Since I can't find something like a 36-long could I get a 38 and have that taken in so I don't look like I'm wearing a tent?
     
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