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Jacket shortening questions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pgoat, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. pgoat

    pgoat Senior Member

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    I picked up a used Oxxford suit on ebay and it has two jacket issues -

    1. a small moth hole near the hem on one side.

    2. it is a Tall, with a 32" hem - I typically need a 31" to get the best rear coverage vs. leg lengthening.

    I would like to avoid reweaving expenses and kill both birds with one stone by simply shortening the coat. The problem?

    A. I have no idea what shortening a jacket costs - I was going to bring in some old Oxxfords to the Oxxford store on 57th street in NYC but I read a post on SF where the poster was unhappy with his alterations experience there. Could it be that shortening is more expensive than reweaving? I reckon I can get the hole fixed for about $50 tops at Alice Zotta's, and could live with the 32" jacket if I had to. (It's a casual duke of windsor plaid)

    B. The hole is about 1.5-2" from the hem; I think it would need at least 2- 2.25" shortening to hide it safely. Is there a formula to determine how much is too much shortening?

    I know shortening a jacket is usually a no-no because of pockets, balance etc, but I've never done it before and had to ask.....I may simply be better off re-selling this one on ebay.....
     


  2. whoopee

    whoopee Distinguished Member

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    Shortening a coat should cost over $100 in NYC but that's an estimate. Anyway 2" is definitely too much.
     


  3. dah328

    dah328 Distinguished Member

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    I've had jackets shortened for around $60 in nyc, but 2" is definitely more than you can shorten a jacket w/o completing throwing off the balance of the jacket.
     


  4. pgoat

    pgoat Senior Member

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    ok, thanks guys.

    I'll probably resell it.
     


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