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intlnews

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I have a few suits than no longer fit. I am about a 38 now, and they are 42 and 44. They've been altered before however. I've had the suits only a few years, and I took them in last year, but they are still too big. I lost about 40 pounds or so. I think they are nice suits, but tailoring is like 100.00 a suit. Plus, going down to such a smaller number, is that going to make the cut look bad?
 

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You should probably post this in the Ask a Question Get an Answer thread that is pinned in this subforum.

The quick answer to your question, however, is no.

A few years ago I lost about 20 lbs. and spent more than my wife would care to remember on tailoring my 46L suits in to 44L suits. Ultimately, they came out with mixed results and none of them feel as good as those that I have bought that were 44L to begin with. Trying to move down to 38 from a 42 or 44 would require some massive work and the end result still probably won't be very satisfying.
 

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imho that is too much of a drop.

i did this with two suits recently and it wasnt even a size drop, just a major retailoring and there are limitations to how much you can do without screwing up the whole suit.

you're better off getting new suits that fit the new you
 

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When you drop that much weight, you need a custom tailor who is experienced in constructing a suit from scratch -- from measurement to final fitting. That's because a custom tailor who knows how to construct a suit from scratch has the skills necessary to deconstruct the suit, recut the fabric and reconstruct the suit to your new specifications. Now your'e talking big bucks. A "nip and a tuck" from an "alterations joint" will be a waste of time and money.

That being said, the best advise is to donate your suits to a worthy charity and spring for some new suits.
 

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I lost about 35 pounds and dropped from a 52L to 46L.

I had a suit altered twice in the process. I tried to go back and get it altered again, and the shop basically said they couldn't really alter it anymore without rebuilding the entire suit... at that point it just isn't worth it.

To be honest, even when I had alterations the 2nd time, the suit just didn't look too great.
 

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Just get some new suits. You're looking at a total recutting and reconstructing here, unless you want the suits horribly disfigured and contorted by Frankensteinish alterations. Such a degree of work can't be done well by anyone short of a bespoke tailor. And at that point, you're probably spending enough money on alterations to cover the cost of a few new suits.

If money is a concern, try to sell them on eBay or something. If they're very nice suits, try to sell them on B&S here.
 

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They are nice suits, but they've been altered. Not sure anyone would buy them. A couple not even worn yet. Not sure if anyone would buy them since they are no longer the original size.
 

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Originally Posted by intlnews
They are nice suits, but they've been altered. Not sure anyone would buy them. A couple not even worn yet. Not sure if anyone would buy them since they are no longer the original size.

Maybe take measurements of the critical areas (see B&S suit listings for guidance), then gauge interest with an IC post?
 

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Originally Posted by intlnews
I have a few suits than no longer fit. I am about a 38 now, and they are 42 and 44.

If you only dropped from 44 to 42, then worth considering; however, from 42/44 down to 38 is too much of a difference.

You could alter the suits but the you will probably be left with strange looking suits.
 

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