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Collar "shortening"

ThinkDerm

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Collar "shortening" - anyone ever had this alteration done?

For some reason, several suit jackets/ sport coats and blazers that I've tried on recently seem to have a bit of extra fabric rolling beneath the collar on the back of the jacket.

I was informed that this can be solved by having the "collar shortened" by a tailor.

Has anyone ever done this with good results?

Do people know what I am talking about?
 

voxsartoria

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This is one of the most botched alterations in RTW.

What often happens is that the alterations tailor will not want to f with the sleevehead, and so, will undo the shoulder seams midway. This mostly gets rid of the roll behind the collar, but then produces a mid-shoulder bump on either side.

I've had tailors, ranging from those who do competant bespoke clothes but who also accept alterations, to those who are honest workman but not as high end, still shorten collars this way, and it taught me to avoid any RTW jacket where the collar needs to be shortened.

Alterations depend on two things:

1. The degree to which a tailor is willing to disassemble the garment. Theoretically, of course, you can dismantle the whole thing, so there is a point of return where the cost is diminishing.

2. The tailor can make something smaller than the fabric available, but cannot make it bigger.

I've only heard of two tailors that will go all the way with an alteration. The rest do something half assed.

- B
 

a tailor

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someone gave you the wrong term.
you dont want to shorten the collar, you want to shorten the back.
this will get rid of that roll.
voxsartoria is right, the most common way of doing this is difficult to get right.
doing it right takes much more time and costs more.
 

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yeah, it seems like best not to buy a SC if the "collar" - in reality the fabric located beneath the collar at the back of the suit needs "shortening"

I am not a tailor, but it does not seem like an "easy" alteration, if done properly.
 

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I've thought about taking a safety pin to the material on the underside of the collar & being done with it
 

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