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Sleeve alteration $?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by misterbowles, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. misterbowles

    misterbowles Senior member

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    I have a few blazers/sports jackets that fit perfectly except for sleeve length. My tailor has quoted me a price of $40 for each piece to adjust them properly. She does amazing work - one of those unheralded Asian women who seem to have a way with the cloth, really. Is this really the going rate for sleeve alteration, though? I know it is difficult, so this is kind of a rhetorical question...
     


  2. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    If it's just a standard shortening at the cuff with no buttonholes fake or otherwise, that seems like a bit much to me. But if you trust her work and care about the jackets/suits in question, it's not an outlandish cost.

    A rhetorical/ambiguous answer to your rhetorical question.
     


  3. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    My tailor charges me 80 euro for perfect sleeve alteration : i.e the sleeves are altered from the top, the only way to preserve working buttonholes. For a "regular" alteration : sleeves taken from the bottom, and faux button holes, it's 15 euros. Last, sleeves taken from the bottom, and no faux button holes, I think it's 10 euros but I never do that.

    Luc
     


  4. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Definitely higher than the going rate for a cuff-end alteration. On other hand, if she awlays does it right, and you are always happy, it's not an outrageous premium to pay for peace of mind.
     


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    My tailor (also a Vietnamese woman) charges me $12 for a simple sleeve alteration.
     


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    topcatny Senior member

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    I have paid about the same to have sleeves shortened from the shoulder at Dynasty Tailors in NY.
     


  7. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I'll do it for $20.
    Really, sleeve length alteration is 10 min job for skilled tailor or seamtress.
     


  8. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    I've paid $20/sleeve at two different places in LA.

    Maybe I work with slow tailors, but it takes them longer than 10 minutes per sleeve, even with no faux buttonholes to be picked out.
     


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    Hey, dont feel bad.

    I went to a tailor who was a 20 minute car drive from me due to the fact that he does great work (or so I had heard) and I wanted the suits to be just so, on the way I hit a brooklyn NY STreet crater, and blew out , wait, more like obliterated two tires, killed 4 hours of the day waiting for the AAA to come and have me towed, cost me 350+ in addition to 80 dollars worth of alterations.

    Suits were OK.
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    4 hrs for triple A???

    you could've done the alterations yourself while you waited.
     


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    This thread brings up a somewhat related question that I currently have.  I realize that when a jacket has working buttonholes, the sleeve length can only be adjusted at the shoulder.  But is there any extra trick to altering a sleeve with faux buttonholes?  

    I have a new Corneliani suit that has the outline stitching to give the appearance of buttonholes, but no actual holes are present.  

    Since I need to have the sleeves shortened, I'm assuming the tailor can just pick out the stitching and it will be none the worse for wear.  Is that correct?  

    I also don't like the way the suit's buttons are overlapping and want to have them spaced out to where they're just kissing.
     


  12. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    They can pick out the stitching on faux buttonholes, but it may show. I've had it done near-invisibly and very visibly by the same tailor, and it seems that the weave and color of the cloth make a big difference on how it will turn out. I usually have them pick out the stitching and replace the buttons without redoing the faux stitching.

    They should probably be able to change the spacing of the buttons on yours.
     


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    Speaking of alteration costs and button holes, has anybody had a tailor add working button holes, and if so, how much has it cost?
     


  14. MilanoStyle

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    Well even if you have working buttonholes, you can shorten the sleeves if you have enough room between the sleeve end and the 1st sleeve button.
     


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