Shoulder sizing?

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  1. stard

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    Hello All. After many months of avidly reading through these forums, the various opinions & discussions I find myself now entering the fray with a question.

    Recent I purchased a suit in eBay. I'm not much if an eBayer actually…

    Anyhow, the suit jacket is 33 in the shoulders, 42R chest, 32 length & sleeves 26 long. I'm wondering, because I'm 22 inches across the shoulders, whether the suit can be altered such that the suit will look alright on me? I didn't pay a lot for the suit so I'm not all that bothered if the suit is a throw away.

    I'm 6 feet tall & ordinarily wear 42r with some alterations. If you need more info, just let me know. Thanks. :)

    Thanks.
     


  2. usctrojans31

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    Where did you take the shoulder measurements from? Put the jacket flat against a surface and use a measuring tape to measure the width across the back of the jacket for the shoulders. For a 42, it should be between 19" and 20", maybe a little more or less depending on cut.

    The two places that are the most difficult to alter are the shoulders and the jacket length. Unless you have a very, very capable tailor, you're going to pay a lot of money for a poor product.
     


  3. stard

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    Ok. Thanks for the feedback. The suit is a brand new Anderson & Sheppard (it was only until I asked that I was informed, otherwise it was advertised with no description.).

    Does that change the game at all?
     


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    Ok. Thanks for the feedback. The suit is a brand new Anderson & Sheppard (it was only until I asked that I was informed, otherwise it was advertised with no description.).

    Does that change the game at all?
     


  5. HughJ

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    Assuming that 33" shoulders was a typo or mis-measurement, you would perhaps be better off posting a photo of yourself in The Tailors' Thread for the best advice. Personally, I do not pass go if the shoulders don't fit right away, but I've narrowly resisted the temptation a few times in cases of exceptional quality.
     


  6. VinnyMac

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    OR, maybe the shoulder measurement was multiplied by 2.
     


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    Some people measure from the back middle of the neck, around the shoulder, and down to the sleeve and call it the shoulder measurement.
     
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  8. stard

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    Interesting, enlightening & thanks :) I will post a pic when it arrives.

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  9. VinnyMac

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    I've heard that called the "sleeve measurement" but never the shoulder measurement.
     


  10. stard

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    Here is what the eBay advertisement states:

    Navy Single Breasted Bespoke Suit with Extra Trousers

    Create the right impression with this unworn bespoke suit worth £1800.


    Quick sale, uncollected suit.

    100% wool

    Jacket
    • Shoulder 33
    • Length 32
    • Chest 42
    • Waist 38
    • Sleeves 25 1/2

    Trousers
    • Waist 36
    • Outside leg 42
    • Inside leg 33
    I have many suits, separate trousers and jackets. See other similar items.
     


  12. chet31

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    I've seen a few folks on eBay call it a shoulder measurement, I'm not saying it's correct.
     


  13. stard

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    Hi All. I've been stung. The suit chest size is a tight 42 and the waist is an even tighter 38. I am told by this seller that there is plenty of room to let out. Can someone say to whom I should engage with for alterations, and what sort of a cost might I be up for? I don't have a lot of dosh, that's why I buy from eBay. Thanks, Danke Schone, Raxmat, Obrigado, Merci, Gracias, Tak,, Dankie, Toda, Shukran :)
     


  14. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What city are you in? And how did the shoulders fit? Letting out everything else shouldn't be a problem. I've never had to had stuff let out, but to take in the waist generally costs me 30 dollars and the chest a little more.
     


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    I live in London. Although for the next eight months I will be based in Sydney, Australia. Thanks.. :)
     


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