Tailoring raincoats

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by norcaltransplant, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    Jan 29, 2003
    Is tailoring a MacKintosh raincoat a difficult task? Do you need to worry about messing up the water resistant properties along the sleeves? I have short arms so alterations are a must.

  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Mar 23, 2002
    London, UK
    It is no problem at all to shorten a raincoat with plain sleeves.

    But, if the coat has sleeve straps (going through loops) and will needs considerable shortening, you might have difficulties moving the loops further back. It is very likely that the previous stitching will leave marks in the cotton material. I've just checked with a Burberry trench coat, the loops are about 2 ½" away from the bottom edge. You can easily shorten by ¾"; more will be problematic as the straps will be a bit close to the edge.

    If the coat has sleeve tabs, caught in the seam, it should be no problem to move those further back.

    Don't forget, this is a raincoat. You don't want the sleeves too short. They should cover the jacket sleeves as well as the shirtsleeves.

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