Suit Jacket downsizing.

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  1. HighlandRum

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    Hi Everyone, have a question about downsizing my old large suit into a better fitting one.

    Now I have some tailoring experience form the in store alterations I perform daily and I know I can have a suit taken in but what im talking about is scaling down a 44R Slim fit suit into something resembling a 42R.

    Im good friends with the tailors our store uses so can sort out a discount of 33% of what he charges normal customer.

    In essence im asking if its (A) Possible to downsize a suit by 2 inches without the scaling going wrong, and (B) Is it worth just shelling out the money for a new jacket if the alterations are particularly extensive.

    Thanks

    Cam.
     


  2. comrade

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    My tailor ccould probably do it. The key is the chest and shoulders.
    If it's a 44 slim fit are you looking for it to be altered to a 42 slim fit or just a 42R
    regular fit?. As you know, different suits/ models fit differently, despite having
    identical sizes. I happen to wear 44R, but many 44Rs do not fit me. I wouldn't
    trust a tailor whose principal business is routine alterations. This could be
    major surgery.
     
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  3. HighlandRum

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    Yeh wanting to convert a 44R Slim into a 42R Slim.

    I work for Charles Tyrwhitt and its a CT suit, with the great discount I get I can get a new jacket for less than £100 so its whether the alteration costs would exceed the cost of the new jacket.

    But even if they didnt exceed the cost it may just be less stress to just bite the bullet and get the new jacket.

    Cam.
     


  4. GBR

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    Whilst doubtless technically possible, such an extent of alteration will leave its mark and the garment will look wrong. Just get the correct size in the first place.
     


  5. cbbuff

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    It's possible, but a risky, and not inexpensive venture. If you can get a new one for less than 100, give it away/sell it and get one that fits.
     


  6. HighlandRum

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    Sounds good.

    Will do, may have the jacket turned into a spare wasitcoat then.

    Thanks

    Cam.
     


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