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Lengthing a suit jacket

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by demeis, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    I bought a suit and i think that it may be a tad to short.  Its a 40s that measures 29.5 while most of my 39r measure either a 30.5 or a 31.  I got a deal if i bought two and each suit came to $175 so i got kind of pressued into it.  Any how The guy at the store measured this and said that my body split 29.5 and 30.5 (i've been told that the jacket should cut your body in half anyone correct me if i'm wrong).  When i try it on it seems a bit short, i don't know if i've just been wearing my jackets to long or if its actually to short.  Anyhow on to my question is it possible to lengthen a suit?  Its a BB 1818 collection and it feels like there is a little material that might be able to be let out but i'm guessing that there would not be enough lining?  Anyhow any help would be appreciated.

    Side note is world class consignment still on ebay. I keep hearing about them but haven't seen an auction from them and did a search for their name and nothing came up.
     
  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Lengthening a jacket is a problem because of the curvature -- it basically can't be done and still look right.

    Try

    world*class*consignment

    That's the actual Ebay name. You need to put the asterisks in your search.
     
  3. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    Thanks i just found the name and thanks for letting me know i figured it couldn't be done.
     
  4. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I like a jacket to come right to the end of my read end, so to speak.  I think most people wear jackets too long, actually.  How does it fall in relation to that line?
     
  5. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    Ok heres some pics tell me what you think i need good opinions and i trust you guys more than a sales associate. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    Pics from the side would probably be more useful, but in relation to how your pants are sitting now, it does look quite short. Are they fitted all the way up where they should be?
     
  7. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    BTW, it's longer w/r/t your hands than my jackets are, but I do have rather monkeyish arms.
     
  8. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    Ok heres a side pic and what does "w/r/t" mean. My pants arn't pulled up where they should be they are at my hips in the pictures, the pants are about 2-3 inces to big and have to be taken in. [​IMG]
     
  9. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    It's close. It's wearable, but probably a 1/2" longer would be perfect. Better to miss long than short here, in my opinion, however. I like shorter jackets, but when it gets too short (and you are on the verge of that, if not already there), it look effeminite.
     
  10. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    What I don't like also is that it is a short jacket with a button stance that is also not real high. That accentuates any shortness problems.
     
  11. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    It looks long enough to me...the skirt ends right at your thumb. btw, a full body side shot would probably be most telling...I believe that's what J meant when he asked for a side-shot.

    fyi your right arm is a tad longer than your left
     
  12. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    A full length front and side shot would definitely help. w/r/t means "with respect to". Put on some pants that fit right, put the jacket on, and take a full length shot. I'm guessing it will be okay, but it's hard to tell. Look at the drawings here for a good reference, btw: http://www.fashionmall.com/flusser_b...c/ch2part2.htm Edit: brain hiccup, relation -> respect
     
  13. truthhurts

    truthhurts Senior member

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    You're worried about one inch of jacket length with a sihouette like that? Mate I think you have more pressing problems.
     
  14. armscye

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    It certainly extends beyond the knuckle of the thumb, which is one crude rule of thumb. And it completely covers your butt, which is another. The one thing I note is that the skirt rises at the rear. That part of a suit IS lengthenable without difficulty, and you might wat to have your tailor look at doing that.

    At present, it seems to have very lirttle shape and sleeves way too long, but I'm assuming these things are on your correction agenda.
     
  15. Alexis

    Alexis Senior member

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    The jacket length is fine, absolutely fine.  Don't be so self-conscious, love.

    Do get that one sleeve adjusted for the difference between your arm lengths.

    Oh, and order those sleeves with working buttonholes.
     
  16. Phil

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    trying to judge the length of a jacket by how it looks in relation to you thumb or hands is a total waste of time. I dont know who came up with that, but it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I will use my own body as an example. I am 6 ft tall, and I have 37.5" arms. I have very big hands, and long fingers. My legs are shorter than my torso. All of this results in my arms reaching very far down. If I were to judge the length of my jacket by my hands or arms, I would be wearing a jacket that is several inches too long, I would look silly. Other people might have the exact opposite problem.
     
  17. Alexis

    Alexis Senior member

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    Phil,

    You point out a very specific, very real problem a lot of inexperienced shoppers are going to have: most salespeople do not know how to tell you what is correct specificially for your body. In general, salespeople do not perceive individuals. They will tell you the length of a jacket is determined by its relation to your thumb, and they will tug the jacket away from your chest and say, "See, perfect fit." All meaningless, unhelpful obfuscation.

    I think this: go to a good tailor and listen very closely and take notes as he fits you for a suit he is going to make for you. Not a template. Not something off the rack. Not something that exists. But something specifically designed for your body. Learn why he makes the choices he makes for you. If one were to do this, then one would know what--in an ideal setting--fits and looks best on their particular body. With this knowledge (the best weapon against ignorance, BTW), return to your RTW stores and judge everything you try on based on the criteria established by your trusted tailor. You will know the correct jacket length for you. The right arm length for you. The right waist suppression for you. Et cetera.
     
  18. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    Alexis-

    all good points. Experience is really the best weapon you have. After having many suits made over the past 10 years, I can tell in an instant if a suit I put on in a store fits. If you are armed with information and knowledge, the salesman is irrelevant. A man should know all of his relevant measurements by heart, or have them on a piece of paper when you go to a store. If you know you like a 33" coat, ask the salesman for a tape measure to check the one you are trying on. The sad truth is most salesman work on commission, they are motivated to sell you a suit, whether it fits well or not. Its really your responsibility to judge your own fit and demand it from the salesman helping you.
     
  19. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    Well the suit is unfinished right now and am getting the sleeves shortened, and my right arm is just bent alittle more and it wasn't a straight on angle, no one was home to take the picture so i had to use the auto timer. I will get a full shot today. Also the pants are to big cause i haven't had them taken in yet.

    nik
     
  20. johnw86

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    It may not feel perfect, but from the pics (as near as I can tell), it's within the margin of error. It looks fine, and I wouldn't worry about the jacket being off by 1/2"...(Hope I don't get shunned for being so cavalier about fit) [​IMG]
     

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