(Cross-posted from AAAC) I found a beautiful '60s evening dress suit yesterday that fits me pretty well overall, except that the tails are just a bit too long--they fall about 2-3" below the back of my knee and hit the top of my calf. Can a competent tailor shorten a tailcoat, perhaps by opening up the waist seam and picking up the tails from there? The waist of the coat is right where it ought to be on me, so the top half of the coat shouldn't need any alterations. Is this feasible, and should I expect it to be very expensive? If it's within the realm of possibility, I am going to go back and get the suit. Edit: I see that Chris Despos says in a recent thread that the tails should fall 2" below the back of the knee. This seems to differ with what I've heard and read elsewhere. Any thoughts on the matter?