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Is it possible to alter the sleeves on a non-wool blazer?

jazzneel

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So I bought a 38R blazer from Macys, and the material is synthetic (wool and polyester). The person working at the station told me that altering the sleeves will not remove the original crease lines (I need to make the sleeves a tad bit longer), and it will look terrible.

Should I just go to another tailor, or is he pretty much right?

Thanks!
 

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I assume that you've already read enough to know that a Polly-blend is going to be hot, sweaty and look terrible in six months time and skip right to the question:

Almost always the Polly content will prevent a crease from bring re-set. This is not 100% hard and fast, but probably close to 90%.
 

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So basically if I want to buy a blazer, I should spent a bit more and stick to 100% wool.

Thank you for the help!
 

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Absolutely. Or failing that, buy it from a brand who sell "long" versions that will suit your frame.
 

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What's the best place to find slim-fit blazers under $200? Most 38R's have sleeves that are a little too short on me, so basically I can only buy 100% wool since those are the only ones I can have altered!
 

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At that price point I think you would be better off devoting a few days to going through second hand shops or charity shops, and then getting the item altered if necessary. Especially if it is just a blazer [jacket on its own]. In the US in particular you'll find a great variety in 2nd hand clothing.
 

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Don't confides the material something is made from with the ability to alter it. You still need extra cloth up inside the sleeve to let out, and most cheaper brands will save money by using as little fabric as possible. Just because something is made from wool, it will not follow that it CAN be altered.
 

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