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Shortening Ralph Lauren Suede leather jacket sleeve


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Apr 4, 2008
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I need to remove about 3 inches of material on each sleeve.

This jacket has decorative buckle at the end of each sleeve. An alteration tailor in San Francisco gave two options. 1) cut away a third of the sleeve from the end, remove access material and re-attach sleeve resulting in a new long visible seam that goes around the forearm. 2) Rip apart the existing seams on sleeve, slim down the end, detach buckles, cut away access material, sew back buckle, sew back the sleeves. Sleeve looks like its never been altered.

Tailor kept pushing for option 1 and name dropped the places and jackets he worked on in attempt to sway my judgement. However when probed tailor could not produce an example of work he's done in leather. His shop mainly works on woolen suits. All in all, I hated the visible seams at the forearm and insisted on option 2. In the end tailor quoted the same price for both options. A princely sum of $85 for the work. Is that fair? Should I trust him to do the work or should I take this jacket elsewhere?
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Mar 14, 2011
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Personally I think option 2 is safer, I wouldn't want to mess with it from the seams - but a trusted/skilled tailor should be able to do it better that way.

So if you trust him, and if people can give you a recommendation on him - go with option 1. Otherwise option 2... but who goes to a tailor they don't trust....

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