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Can Suit Shoulder Width Be Reduced Through Alterations?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by slick007, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. slick007

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    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if a suit jacket shoulder width was a bit too wide on someone, could it be altered and reduced? Let's say, something reasonable like about 1" at most? Most tailors will say no but I think some tailors have done it for others.

    Does someone know if it's possible?
     


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    From what I knew, only the sleeve head could be adjust to compensate the bad fit.
     


  3. David Reeves

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    100% yes it can be done its a fairly common alteration.
     
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  4. Needsmoreshoes

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    Yeah it can - I've had shoulders brought in before - worked really well though it wasn't a cheap alteration
     


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    Yes. My tailor can do it with alacrity.
    Never did it for me, but reduced/eliminated padding in
    several of my suits/jackets. Downside: He's in Menlo
    Park CA- 30 miles south of San Francisco. His name is:

    Bob Stancovic
    650- 323-9614
     


  6. FidelCashflow

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    It can be done - but make sure the tailor who does it is competent, as it's one of the more complex tasks - also it can get expensive, so get a quote.
     


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    It can be done but considered a 'major operation' and relatively expensive. My suggestion is to find a real tailor to do it and not simply an alterations place.
     


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    I believe it can the width can be reduced but you have to take it to your tailor so he can gauge the fabric.
     


  10. jamesleo629

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    It is possible to alter a suit shoulder according to your size and be fit in what you wearing on.
     


  11. Blacksheep

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    This.
     


  12. Sanguis Mortuum

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    Agreed. It is possible but is certainly not something you should trust to anyone other than an actual tailor.
     


  13. slick007

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    How much is the average price?
     


  14. FidelCashflow

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    I recently had a few done for $250 each - but I probably paid a premium for my tailor - don't cheap out on this, if someone messes up the suit is garbage.
     


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    Got several done for ~$70 per jacket. SF Bay Area.

    Not at the neighborhood dry cleaner type of joint.
     


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