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Tailor to Convert Natural/American Shoulder on Suit to Italian/Pagoda Shoulder

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chvynva916, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. chvynva916

    chvynva916 New Member

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    I recently bought a suit from Indochino in San Francisco. After several rounds of their free tailoring, I'm very happy with the way it fits EXCEPT for the shoulder. The Indochino pattern uses a natural/American shoulder. I prefer more of an Italian/Pagoda shoulder. Could I find a good tailor that could make this change on the suit? Or is the shoulder type so interwoven with the suit construction that it can't be done.

    Thoughts?
     
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    chvynva916 New Member

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    Thanks for the honest advice! I'll head to a good tailor and ask about a roped shoulder.
     
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    comrade Senior member

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    I have an excellent tailor in Menlo Park.
    Several other members endorse him too.
    He has done shoulder alterations for me
    several times. All have been successful.
    However, all have involved shoulder padding
    reduction to achieve a very natural shoulder.
    So I am not sure that your project is as feasible.
    Another caveat: he tends to take his time unless
    you tell him that you have a deadline.

    Bob Stankovic
    650-323- 9614
     
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    mobobs Senior member

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    Being as I have a larger than average head, I don't look good with unstructured jackets. I tried building up the shoulders on one of my unstructured jackets, and while it looks okay, to the discerning eye, it is visible. If you won't wear it otherwise, it's worth a shot. Just make sure to find a decent tailor.
     
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    jrd617 Senior member

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    On the roping, the question should not be "can it be done?" but "should it be done?"

    I would argue that it should not be done. It's going to cost at least $150. Maybe more from a truly excellent tailor that does bespoke as well as alterations. Think about all the stitches that will have be undone, padding that will have to be added, and then carefully stitching everything up again.

    Indochino suits sell for what, $450? Better spending that $150+ on a new suit with the shoulders that you want... preferably from a better maker. Indochino suits are machine made with cheap fabric and fusing. Best to look elsewhere.
     
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    We have a tailor on staff so he did it for me for free in his downtime :) I agree. It doesn't make sense to put $150 into an indochino suit when the results are not guaranteed.
     

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