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Suit too small in the back

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by supbla26, Mar 27, 2016.

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  1. supbla26

    supbla26 Member

    Jun 16, 2015
    Hi I believe that the back of my suit is too tight. When I stand with my suit buttoned there are horizontal stretch marks on the upper back. The front looks great. Everything looks good except the upper back where there is pulling. I am wondering if this is fixable.

    There is about 3/4 inch fabric remaining inside the center back seam, so it should be possible to let out the back. Will this fix the problem? Some people seem to suggest that this is a common alteration, but others seem to say that letting out from the center seam can throw off the balance or something. So I'm confused. What would be the result of letting out the back? Basically I just want a flat back on my suit when I am standing.

    The other idea I had was I think shortening the collar by pushing up the seemingly excess fabric into the collar, which I gather is common. But if the pulling is caused by tightness, would this do anything at all?

    Thanks in advance for your ideas.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2016
  2. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006
    My crystal ball isn't working too well today - can't quite see the rag.
  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    What @GBR meant is that it's difficult to give any real advice without pictures.


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