Is it possible for a tailor to lengthen a suit?

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  1. Mr.Boss

    Mr.Boss New Member

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    I have a few suits that are 36R, 29 inches from collar to bottom. I feel that it's a little too short, and 38R are too big for me. All I am wondering is if a tailor can make the suit about 1 - 2 inches longer for me?
     
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    No. Have the 38 adjusted or go custom.
     
  3. GiltEdge

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    1-2 inches is a lot. Bespoke suits can be made with a lot of extra fabric inside for a lifetime of wear but an OTR suit like yours is not going to have that much room. I don't even think OTR suits or even bespoke suits have enough fabric to let out at the hem (except the sleeves and pants). I personally thing this is impossible. Just get a new suit.
     
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    I have seen a few Brioni 36's around and there are of course many 38s on Ebay. Maybe you can look for some in a brand that runs small. Ie: Emporio cuts 1-2 sizes smaller than what the item is labeled and it runs long for a tall yet thin man.
     
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    Buy a 38 and have it adjusted accordingly. There is a 1% chance that the 36 can be adjusted to fit you.
     
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    I have a few suits that are 36R, 29 inches from collar to bottom. I feel that it's a little too short, and 38R are too big for me. All I am wondering is if a tailor can make the suit about 1 - 2 inches longer for me?

    Have you tried taking them to your tailor and asking? As said above it is rarely easy to lengthen a suit due to lack of material, but the only way you'll know for sure is to take it to have it looked at.
     
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    You can make the jacket about 3/4" longer if you use a skilled tailor. There are variables so this is not a 100% guarantee. If you need an inch more length, you should be buying longs. It will usually be an inch or so longer. Differs by maker as to how much longer a long is than a regular.
     
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    The majority of makers grade 1/4" from size to size, i.e. 38 reg will be 1/4" longer than 36 reg, and from a reg to a tall is usually 1 1/2" in the coat length and 1" in the sleeve.
     
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    You can make the jacket about 3/4" longer if you use a skilled tailor. There are variables so this is not a 100% guarantee. If you need an inch more length, you should be buying longs. It will usually be an inch or so longer. Differs by maker as to how much longer a long is than a regular.

    I'm going to learn something, I fear. Do you mean letting down the sleeve and body hems?
     
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    You can shorten a suit but not legthen it, your only option really is to go up a size.
     
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    I'm going to learn something, I fear. Do you mean letting down the sleeve and body hems?

    Sleeves with nonworking buttonholes are fairly easy to alter.

    OPs issue is lengthening the skirt of the coat.
     
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    I feel that it's a little too short, and 38R are too big for me.

    So buy suits that are 36L, simple.
     
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    So buy suits that are 36L, simple.

    Pure genius. Now provide a link.
     

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