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Can Suit Shoulder Width Be Reduced Through Alterations?

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

  1. slick007

    slick007 Member

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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?
     
  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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

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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

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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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.
     
  9. sullivan025

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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

    jamesleo629 New Member

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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

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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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

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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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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    chogall Senior member

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

    Not at the neighborhood dry cleaner type of joint.
     
  16. TF007

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    I apologize for bringing this thread up again, but does the same apply to unconstructed blazers? I've lost about 40lbs and there are some boglioli's in my closet that I really don't want to let go. I was between a 44 and 42 now I wear size 40. Can alterations be done? Thank you
     
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  17. Ivar

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    That doesn't sound like a very risky operation. Worth giving a try.
     
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  18. FidelCashflow

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    Possibly - only a tailor will know for sure once he sees it
     
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  19. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    Ralph Lauren once did it for me for $40. I was surprised at how cheap it was, but I didn't argue. It came out well other than the fact they forgot a pin IN the shoulder... so I had to take it back to be taken out.
     

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