My Tailor Threw Me Out

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by PtrckHmphrys, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    What is the chino version of jeggings? Chiggings?

    I'm extremely skinny and my tightest trousers (Mabitex) have a thigh of about 23". Since I started doing squats and deadlifts those don't even fit any more, and my other pairs with a 24" thigh are about as tight as could be wearable. Unless you're emaciated I can't imagine a 22" thigh being far off skin-tight.

    Then again, maybe the OP is this guy:

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  2. Mute

    Mute Senior member

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    I'm sorry if I come across a bit harsh, but if an experienced tailor chooses not to do something, I suggest rethinking what you're asking. At the very least, ask for a simple explanation and be done with it. If you still insist of the changes, go to anther tailor who is willing to do the work.
     


  3. KObalto

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    How is his work generally? I'd kill for a really good alterations tailor in my town ( I mean this literally: if there are any top-notch tailors who are willing to move to Baltimore and are in need of a "favor", PM me).
    And you are having Gap chinos repeatedly altered?
     


  4. swiego

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    So self-pride is something that you confer upon others, and not something others are entitled to develop a sense of on their own?
     


  5. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Tailor listens to customer and does something he knows is wrong.

    Customer is thrilled. Takes item home.

    Wears it out and notices people falling down laughing.

    Wonders why.

    After many weeks during an intervention a friend mentions the pants.

    The customer tells him the damn tailor did it. The customer didn't want it that way but the tailor told him it would be perfect. He trusted the tailor

    For the next thirty years he tells everybody he meets about the terrible tailor that conned him into believing these pants were good enough.
     


  6. curzon

    curzon Senior member

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    Ain't that something. A customer shopping for a fight whilst shopping for a service.

    No wonder the business fired the customer.
     
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  7. acridsheep

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    Spending money on j. crew chino alterations is like putting spinners on an el camino.
     


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    WHY DO YOU HATE LOW RIDERS?
     


  9. cptjeff

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    One underlying thing that needs to be addressed here: The customer is not always right. The customer is often an utter moron who shouldn't be indulged.

    Sounds like that's the case here.
     


  10. GloStiX

    GloStiX Senior member

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    22" thigh is understandable on a slim guy, I'm short and slim and have pants made with ~20" thigh, actual thigh 19".

    The hem though... I don't know how you slip your foot through that.

    Don't let the overweight middle-aged jealousy get to you... keep rocking that sh!t skintight. It may be bad tailoring or an insult to the "heritage" or "tradition" or whatever pompous way in which you want to describe tailored clothing, but the girls love it. For now at least.
     


  11. Cambel

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    While I can't speak to the sensibility of the OP's particular request, I'm a sympathetic ear to the extent that I have found tailors at times--including the one I regularly go to--to be frustratingly obstinate when it comes to certain things, even issues as variable as pant length. I've had several instances where a tailor has either resisted or tried to dissuade my requests for no break because trousers "should" have break or "need" to cover the (the practical entirety of) shoes. (Even bringing pictures and actual pairs of pants that have the length I want were no help to my case.) I get that there are different generations, schools, and sensibilities about how things 'should' be, but I have had difficulty getting what I want before on requests that I don't think are out of line or would jeopardize the person's reputation.

    I've never been kicked out, as it were. At times I've simply left with my stuff and said, "I guess I'll keep it the way it is." I have managed to get the requested length at times, but it has come with a vocal sigh and a skeptical "oookaaay." (I also sense that my tailor rather err on the side of more rather than less length, less the results be too short.) Granted, when I did get what I wanted, the results were great and the tailor's work very good. Maybe it's me; maybe I'm not being as consistently assertive as I need to be or maybe the tailor knows better, but I think this is a case of differing style, nothing more.

    I realize that my post count probably warrants the response 'find a new tailor' but I've tried and have experienced the same resistance or shoddy work. So at this point I'm willing to fight the mild good fight now and again.
     


  12. PtrckHmphrys

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  13. CYstyle

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    But it's also different. Because that guy was talking about how he much break he wanted. You can hem pants however you want, heck turn them into short shorts if you desired. But tapering the leg is a different alteration. How much does the leg measure currently? how much are you asking him to take in?
     
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  14. Ivon

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    I have a separate tailor do do alterations for eBay garments, I trust his judgement. Shops like thes are usually not swimming in $$$. If he balks at a customer's idea, he is exercising his professional judgment, a prudent man should be grateful that the tailor would place his principles ahead of $$$. He is risking the current job and any future jobs you may have for him by refusing yo do it. Recently, in the current craze for more fitted garments, I saw some moron wear a suit taken in so severely I could see his suit jacket pockets sticking out from BEHIND. If my aleration tailor let me walk out of the store like that; I'd be pretty angry that he did not say anything about it and happily collect his fee knowing you would like like a moron wearing a garment lIme that.

    An analogy would be like dining in Chez Snooty and ordering a bottle of Chateau D'Yiem with a steak. The wine cost an arm and a leg, but it is a dessert wine, in that case; a waiter that is willing to point that out merits more respect than one that only wishes to sell that bottle.
     


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    I heard a story once about an American woman in Tokyo who asked for sugar to go with her green tea. The restaurant refused her request. She insisted but got nowhere,
     


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