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Tailor for suits Alteration in Sydney

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by flexiflex, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. flexiflex

    flexiflex Active Member

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    Hello everyone,

    Joined the forum yesterday and this is the first question I post.

    I bought two OTR suits from MJ Bale in Sydney during the X'mas / NY special for 2 suits for a grand. The material feels good and I have been told they are all 100% Australian Marina wool. I paid another $100 for the extra trouser for each suit so 4 in total.

    Two suits are the exact same cut. As you would expect the fit isn't perfect and there are a couple of adjustments to be made to make it look smart on me. I have paid MJ Bale to make some really minor adjustments such as take in the back shoulder a tiny bit and shorten the length of the trousers. To my surprise they have done a really bad job as all the length were way too long when I pick up the suits. They kept rushing me out (maybe because it was 5:15 pm on Sunday) and assured me the measures of all 4 pants would be identical. I regret I didn't try them all on in the shops because I later discovered back home some trousers are longer than others... Also as mentioned I need more alterations to make to suit fit me better, things like:

    - the width of the trousers are a bit to wide so I need to take in a bit
    - Trousers need to be shorten again!!
    - the length of the jacket is too long
    - the jacket can be further slim in the waist area

    I think the cut is a Italian style, with minimal padding on the shoulder. I prefer a slim style suits. Both suits are mainly for work purpose.

    So here are some of the questions I have. I would appreciate some input and comment:
    - How's the quality of MJ Bale suits? What people think of their cloth material? they claimed they are 100% Australian Marina wool. They don't tell you if they are super 120 or something like that, just 100% wool...
    - Most importantly, can someone recommend me a good tailor that can do a good job on suit alteration in Sydney without charging too much. I really don't know how much I should expect to pay for jobs described above.
    - Should I just take it to the alteration place in some major shopping centre? I am close to "Looksmart" in Chatswood Chase.

    I know this question has been asked in the past a couple of times but based on what I have searched some of the replies were quite dated. Some updated advice would be great!

    Thanks again and cheers
     
  2. boff

    boff Well-Known Member

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    I just bought my second MJ Bale suit. For $500 it's hard to beat.

    And I am in the same boat alterations wise. Be careful of alterations shops. You need a tailor. I've had suits butchered at the cheaper places.

    I am going to try this guy next week. I'll let you know how it goes.
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/128976/m-r-tailors-alterations-in-sydney
     
  3. boff

    boff Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean for the suit or the alterations?
     
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  4. boff

    boff Well-Known Member

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    I dropped my suit in to M&R today. Mr. Haddad really seemed to know his stuff. He immediately saw how one of my shoulders drops and how to fix it without resorting to padding.
    $230 for a fair bit of work (cuff trousers, shorten sleeve, balance back, fix shoulder, take in sides). Pick up in a week. I'll check back in then.
     
  5. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    I've heard good things about his alteration service. I think you're in good hands.
     
  6. swirlyclouds

    swirlyclouds Member

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    Unfortunately I have yet to find a good place for alterations on the lower north shore, especially Chatswood. Stay away!
     
  7. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    You'll need to head into the city to find some good places.
     
  8. boff

    boff Well-Known Member

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    I got my suit back from M&R. Very happy and would recommend without hesitation. But it's a winter suit so I'm going to have to wait a few months. I will try to get round to posting a fit pic though.
     

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