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Shirt Alterations: Making Shirts Slim Fit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pred02, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Made in California

    Made in California Senior member

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    ... I also don't think it's worth it to spend $40 dollar tailoring a RTW shirt. There are way too many places to get decent MTM shirts at a good price to bother with altering RTW shirts that don't fit reasonably well to begin with.

    But a lot of RTW shirts have really cool patterns that just aren't available at your local (or online) MTM place.
     
  2. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Any time you are getting a shirt slimmed for under $25 bucks, its very likely the "tailor" doing so is going to do it with a serger--a device that trims the seam and encloses the seam allowance inside a thread casing all in one step. Someone who will finish the seam with a proper French seam will generally charge much more than this.

    Personally, I wouldn't really want to wear a shirt stitched up that way (gives me flashbacks to cheap poly shirts I had to wear when I was broke). I also don't think it's worth it to spend $40 dollar tailoring a RTW shirt. There are way too many places to get decent MTM shirts at a good price to bother with altering RTW shirts that don't fit reasonably well to begin with.


    ^^ What he said. Local tailors, in my experience at least, mostly do their work for women. So they put your shirt back together like they would a $10 polyester blouse from JC Penney. Sad but true.
     
  3. bleachboy

    bleachboy Senior member

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    Has anyone else used this service? I checked out their website and it looks ancient.

    I would stay away. I found this thread through a search, click on that link, and Web Of Trust (browser plug in) came up with all kinds of warnings about how the site has a "poor reputation" due to distribution of malware, or something. Avoid.

    But since I'm bumping this thread, I have about 20 old Ascot Chang shirts from my "fat days" that need to be slimmed up and have the sleeves shortened a bit. I think I'm just gonna call Ascot Chang and see if they will fix them for me rather than sending a bunch of $200 shirts to some Internet person....
     
  4. wojt

    wojt Senior member

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    I have a question about this, how much material you leave? How much in ideally fitted shirt you would be able to pull away at the arms?
     
  5. eluther

    eluther Senior member

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    An ancient website being hacked with malware has nothing to do with the quality of their service. They're tailors, not web designers.
     
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