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Tailor questions

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Silentblue, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. Silentblue

    Silentblue Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to get a wool coat(polyester on the inside) tailored so it can be more slim fitting: skinny arms, chest and sides hugging onto body. The coat is already a small but it's not slim fitting. Anyway, the point of my thread is that I was wondering how much it would cost me to get that done since I'm low on money at the moment and I don't want to go into a tailor and look like an idiot when I can't fork over the money. The only price I know that he charges is $12 for a hem on jeans...but other than that [​IMG]...any ideas anyone? Thanks. edit - i have a new question, scroll down please
     
  2. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    It does depend. Waist suppression alone can run around 20-40, depending on the tailor. What you're talking about, though, is a lot more complicated. Slimming the arms, suppressing the waist, and narrowing the armholes is pretty close to recutting the coat, which can cost a fair bit more. Your best bet, really, is to just talk to your tailor. If you can't afford what needs to be done, you can't afford it. Any businessman who would begrudge you that is a jackass and not worth your time, let alone your money.
     
  3. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    The armholes probably cannot be changed, but slimming the sleeves and taking in the sides are fairly routine alterations. They will probably cost at least $50. If you don't want to ask in person for fear of embarassment, give them a call and ask how much it would take to do those two operations.
     
  4. Max

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    In the future, make sure your coats fit the way you want throught the arms and shoulders, as they're rather difficult to modify.
     
  5. Nil

    Nil Senior member

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    I actually have a similar question. How many inches can the waist of a coat be slimmed down? I'm sure it varies between brands, cuts, etc. But just a general idea would be helpful.
     
  6. Silentblue

    Silentblue Well-Known Member

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    In the future, make sure your coats fit the way you want throught the arms and shoulders, as they're rather difficult to modify.

    Yeah, it was a hand me down from my brother though, so I'm trying to make the best of it.
     
  7. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

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    Yeah, it was a hand me down from my brother though, so I'm trying to make the best of it.
    Unless the jacket has sentimental value or is very valuable, it's probably not worth it. For the arms, waist, and chest, you're looking probably somewhere north of $200. Shoulders are such a bitch to alter that it's not worth doing.

    Like Max said, the number one thing to look for as far is fit is the shoulders. Everything else can be changed more easily, and if the shoulders don't fit, it doesn't matter how much you fix the other areas, it's going to look off.
     
  8. radix

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    What you want is possible, but it's very hard to get it done anywhere in the US. I just went to a tailor and asked him to take in the waist of a blazer, but he's only willing to take in the the back seam, not at side seams. The latter is the better method I believe (will not throw off the balance of the coat). It seems like he tries to get away with charging me $20 for little work.

    I am kind of desperate about this. If you want an alteration to be done properly it takes time, and time=money as we all know.

    Possible solutions to the problem?

    1. An Asian-based online alterations tailor (comparable to Jantzen) to whom you could mail your coat, describing exactly what alterations you want to be done. Sounds complicated, but might be the cheapest option. If anybody knows about a tailor like this, please let us know.

    2. Do It Yourself. Taking a coat apart and sewing it back together is not too hard, as long as you have a basic idea of keeping proportions intact. The problem is that I don't have a sewing machine and don't even know how to use one. Is hand stitching an option for those of us who have plenty of time to waste? If so, where can I find a good introduction to sewing?
     
  9. michaeljkrell

    michaeljkrell Senior member

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    2. Do It Yourself. Taking a coat apart and sewing it back together is not too hard, as long as you have a basic idea of keeping proportions intact. The problem is that I don't have a sewing machine and don't even know how to use one. Is hand stitching an option for those of us who have plenty of time to waste? If so, where can I find a good introduction to sewing?


    I would not advise this option...
     
  10. Silentblue

    Silentblue Well-Known Member

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    Bumping this thread again because I have a new question D: I stopped by a thrift store today and found this Japanese school boy type jacket and thought it was pretty awesome and fits pretty well, [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] The problem though, it's too damn long, [​IMG] :sweatdrop: Can a tailor cut it short? Like this, [​IMG] dont mind the weird slant up, it should be straight but it was hard to hold it straight [​IMG] edit - how much should i expect? [​IMG]
     
  11. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    That would be a very easy alteration.
     
  12. LabelKing

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    The armholes probably cannot be changed, but slimming the sleeves and taking in the sides are fairly routine alterations. They will probably cost at least $50. If you don't want to ask in person for fear of embarassment, give them a call and ask how much it would take to do those two operations.
    You can raise the armholes, although it would take a skilled tailor to do that. Also, it depends on whether there was extra cloth tucked away in the jacket for that purpose.
     
  13. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Very unlikely that there would be extra cloth in the armholes. they can be reduced in a process that makes the chest smaller, too.

    As for the latest coat, the alteration, as Arethusa said, isn't a problem. It looks good, from what I can see, both short and long, and the latter might be more useful.
     
  14. Max

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    The second coat would be easy.

    And as a hardcore advocate of DIY alterations, I wouldn't hack up a coat that I liked. The odds are just too good that it'll be FUBAR after an hour.
     
  15. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    take the coat in to your tailor. tell him that you need an estimate, because you dont want to spend a lot on this coat. if he wont extend the courtesy then you dont want him for a tailor.
    take this from a retired tailor.
     
  16. Garage/Surf Rock

    Garage/Surf Rock Senior member

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    I have some button ups that I'd like to have tailored for casual wear (i.e., not tucked in). Do tailors shorten shirts as well as slim them down? What's the average cost at a Korean dry cleaner/tailor type establishment in NYC?
     
  17. chronoaug

    chronoaug Senior member

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    I believe drizzt has his shirts tailored shorter a lot. Can't help you with costs but it can be done.
     
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    I have some button ups that I'd like to have tailored for casual wear (i.e., not tucked in). Do tailors shorten shirts as well as slim them down? What's the average cost at a Korean dry cleaner/tailor type establishment in NYC?

    1. Shirt slimming: someone asked this very question in Men's Clothing and got some great answers from DocHolliday. A nice diagram too [​IMG]
    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ght=slim+shirt
    Cost: ~ $20

    2. Shirt shortening: an even simpler task; involves cutting off all the material below the desired new shirt hem. The shape of the hem can be altered upon your request as well.
    Cost: ~ $15
     
  19. Garage/Surf Rock

    Garage/Surf Rock Senior member

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    Okay, this is great info. Thanks guys.
     
  20. gdc_2008

    gdc_2008 Senior member

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    I have some coat tailoring questions as well. First, I have an older Pategonia duck cotton jacket with a nice lining in it that's a size too large. I love this thing, but its very hard to wear as it feels huge on me...and because its large it doesn't insulate as well as I'd like. Any idea if lined jackets like that can be altered? Second, I was digging through some boxes the other day and found an old jacket that I stole from my dad like 15 years ago. I use to love this thing in high school...totally forgot I had it. Its wool, no lining and needs some repair. Any idea if a thin lining could be added to it? Its probably not worth it, but it has sentimental value.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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