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NYC Shirt Tailoring

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I did a quick forum search for this and couldn't find any good answers for my question.

I'm looking for a reliable tailor that is reasonably cheap. I bought a bunch of shirts at Saks during the sale and the sleeves are a few inches too long for me. I also want to get the sides taken in and the button hole adjusted on the collar on a few. Should I just do it with Saks or is there better options out there? This is the first time I've purchased quality clothing so I really really don't want to fuck it up.
 

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Slese will run you at least 20 and side 15-20.
what do you want to do to the buttonhole on the collar?
 

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It will seriously be that expensive? The guy at Saks quoted me at $18 for each shirt for the sleeves. Maybe that's my best bet. My girlfriend said if I move the buttonhole I can turn a 15.5 into a 16. I have an oddly fatish neck for having a fit body which causes shirts to fit a little weird.
 

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Were these dress shirts? Generally OTR dress shirts are sold by neck/sleeve length. It sounds like you bought shirts that fit you in neither of the measurements.
 

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Well the shirts that are off in the neck but they are only off by a tiny bit. I could probably even get away with not adjusting it, especially since I don't wear ties to work.

Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't there a correlation between neck size / shoulder size? Like a 15/32 shirt wouldn't fit the same on the shoulders as a 17/32, right?
 

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Depends on the shirt maker. One size 15 might have an 18" shoulder, another 20". I too have quite the weird proportion, with close to 15.5" neck, but a size 14.5 body, and a 35" length sleeves. Without going too high end, MTM is really a blessing.

Usually for necks, it's something I do myself given that there's only about 0.25" to move, and tie space of about less than 0.25". Any bigger might make the neck look disproportioned.
 

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To shorten the sleeves of a shirt more then an inch, the tailor must either remove the sleeve placket and reset or take the sleeve out. a time consuming job.

the larger the neck size, the larger the body/yoke of the shirt.
If you do not button the collar, then just leave it alone. You could get a needle and thread and move the button.
 

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