Tailoring shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jimmyleaf, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. Jimmyleaf

    Jimmyleaf Well-Known Member

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    Hey i recieved a bunch of hugo boss shirts that are just way to big now. I lost 40 pounds over the months and I noticed the shirt's sleeve is too long and the waist or chest area of the shirt is too wide and gives that boxy, poofy look when tucked into my pants. I'm trying to adjust the way i look to a more cleaner, fitted look and i was wondering if its possible to tailor these shirts to a slimmer and shorter cut, and would be be out of the ordinary to ask a tailor to do so? Also is there any tailors in the nyc area that can do this? Thanks for any suggestions and help guys. Appreciate it
     
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    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Unless you really like the shirt, I doubt it would be worth fixing. However, take it to a good tailor and see what they say.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shirts can be taken in fairly dramatically. Any competent alterations tailor should be able to make them look better, assuming they fit properly through the collar and, to a lesser degree, the shoulders. I'm not sure how much it would cost in NYC, but I pay about $15 for tapering.

    My main question, however, would be about the collar fit. After losing 40 pounds, are the shirts not too large throughout? Seems like the collar, at the least, would be oversized.
     
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    I'm in a similar situation as you, and have been testing out local alteration shops and tailors (in Northern NJ) with shirts that I'd be otherwise throwing out. Taking in the waist and arms seems to be relatively straight forward (and cheap), but I've also been asking them to shorten the sleeves by detaching the cuffs and relocating the gauntlets higher. Costs have ranged from $25-$35, and results have varied from wearable to pretty decent.
     
  5. Jimmyleaf

    Jimmyleaf Well-Known Member

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    Shirts can be taken in fairly dramatically. Any competent alterations tailor should be able to make them look better, assuming they fit properly through the collar and, to a lesser degree, the shoulders. I'm not sure how much it would cost in NYC, but I pay about $15 for tapering.

    My main question, however, would be about the collar fit. After losing 40 pounds, are the shirts not too large throughout? Seems like the collar, at the least, would be oversized.


    actually, the collor size is just about perfect. I lost inches mainly around the chest and stomach.
     
  6. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    My collar size went down by about 1 1/2" but my chest got larger, my waistline less so. That wreaked a bit of havoc with my wardrobe but it was good to throw away those 36" trousers that I bought went I bloated away slowly. Trying to be a 32" or at least a loose 34" [​IMG] My jacket size is ideally 41R but 40R is okay too.

    I found that altering shirts wasn't really worthwhile except for the select few that cost me an arm and a leg eg Brioni's and E Zegna napolis.
     
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    save them in case you bulk up again after the holidays [​IMG]
     

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