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Resizing a suit jacket cost?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by heynow, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. heynow

    heynow Senior Member

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    Just dropped a suit jacket off at my tailor that needed to brought from a 42 to a 38, and she charged me $200.00. Is this a reasonable price? i have never had to resize a suit before. The shoulders needed to be brought in a pinch, the sleeves shortened, and the length chopped a bit. Just so you know this is a $900 suit that was given to me for free.
     


  2. bmulford

    bmulford Distinguished Member

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    That's on the high end of what I'd expect to pay for similar work - but not out of the question. A considerable amount of hours goes into that kind of job. In some ways, while its pricey for you, the tailor doesn't make as much money doing it vs hemming pants or sewing on buttons.
     


  3. forex

    forex Distinguished Member

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    what kind of jacket is it?
     


  4. kali77

    kali77 Senior Member

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    Seems on the high side to me.

    I recently had two suits tailored

    Waist taken in on both
    One jacket shortened
    Both sleeves shortened and buttons attached
    Both pants shortened and cuffed

    Plus a sportscoat I had the sleeves shortened

    All this for a grand total of $238

    Which I know is on the low side and I am a repeat customer, but will give you a comparative perspective.
     


  5. forex

    forex Distinguished Member

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    shoulder alteration is pretty pricey,my tailor once told me it would be $80 to change the shoulders,other parts are cheaper.
     


  6. JR88

    JR88 Senior Member

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    I would be more concerned about how good the tailor is than the price. I once had a suit jacket reduced from a 42 to a 40 (in NYC, for about $75), and that barely worked. I read somewhere that it's impossible to alter a suit down two full sizes (i.e., 42 to 38). If it works out for you, tell me the name of the tailor!
     


  7. kali77

    kali77 Senior Member

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    I would be more concerned about how good the tailor is than the price. I once had a suit jacket reduced from a 42 to a 40 (in NYC, for about $75), and that barely worked. I read somewhere that it's impossible to alter a suit down two full sizes (i.e., 42 to 38). If it works out for you, tell me the name of the tailor!

    I agree with all of this completely. The tailor is the most important factor, regardless of the price, and 42 to a 38 is an extremely difficult task.
     


  8. heynow

    heynow Senior Member

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    she told me "no problem!" and said it was pretty easy just timely, so thats why it was expensive.
     


  9. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Stylish Dinosaur

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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say excellent work is worth paying for.
     


  10. heynow

    heynow Senior Member

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    i hope its excellent work, if she destroys the jacket im not paying. Thats why when she asked if I wanted to pay now or at pickup, I said pickup. duh!
     


  11. kali77

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    i hope its excellent work, if she destroys the jacket im not paying. Thats why when she asked if I wanted to pay now or at pickup, I said pickup. duh!

    You may not pay, but you are out a $900 suit[​IMG]
     


  12. forex

    forex Distinguished Member

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    on the flip side,you are going to lose your jacket,better find a good tailor or sell the suit[​IMG]
     


  13. heynow

    heynow Senior Member

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    You may not pay, but you are out a $900 suit[​IMG]

    im not out anything it was free!
     


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    I had two jackets recut from 40R to 38R, and the pants recut for $280 in Toronto, by a good tailor.
     


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    she told me "no problem!" and said it was pretty easy just timely, so thats why it was expensive.

    if a tailor told me "no problem" for changing a jacket from a 42 to a 38 I would be rightfully concerned.

    That is a significant decrease. Sure, anyone tailor can do it, but how many can do it and make the suit still look good?

    I actually just had that issue with a suit of mine and tried to do the exact same thing; bring it from a 42R to a 38R. The tailor told me to just not even try it and just put the suit aside in case I ever get fat in the future. Not what I was looking for, but it was an honest assessment of what her skills were and I'm happy that she punted the problem rather than over-promising and under-delivering.
     


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