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Pea coat alterations

southerncollegeboy

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I've been a frequent reader of the Styleforum almost since it's inception, back when the GQ forum became overrun with wackos. I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts and always wanted to participate but, I suppose, I was too lazy to register.
Except now I actually have a question. Recently I recieved a great wool pea coat of my grandfather's that fits perfect in every way except for the shoulders, which are too wide (causing the sleeve not to start until the top of my bicep). I've heard before that there is no way shoulders can be altered--is this true? Do I have any hope? Thanks.

Cool.
 

bengal-stripe

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You can take out the sleeves, re-cut the shoulders and put the sleeves back again. (Presuming the sleeves are long enough: If they are set in higher, they will be shorter at the other end.) But...it's major surgery, it won't be cheap and the seamstress at the local dry-cleaners won't be able to do it. Find a good alteration tailor, ask for his opinions and an estimate and then decide whether it's a worthwhile investment.
 

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Ditto to that.

I discourage my customers from trying it because it's hard to find a tailor who will attempt it and even if you find one it will be quite expensive. It can be done but you have to really want the piece. I have tried to get my tailor to do it once or twice but he resists mightily. He is very good and as such he knows what is involved and just doesn't want to go there.

A side point - the same method can be used to shorten sleeves that have already been finished with working buttonholes.
 

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