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Tailoring ties to skinny

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by office drone, May 27, 2007.

  1. office drone

    office drone Senior member

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    Hi Guys,

    Was reading the latest GQ and apparently the "instant upgrade for June" is to have your tailor alter your regular ties to skinny...say 3.5" to 2.5". I franky didn't know this was possible.

    Anyone have this done? If so, any comments on cost and result?

    Thanks!
     


  2. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I've done it myself, and the results were good. I don't know if a normal tailor would be interested in doing it, because it's very easy to damage the silk while working with it. But Tiecrafters in NYC will do it for $14 each, which is reasonable IMO for the amount of work required:

    http://tiecrafters.com/alterations.html
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Be aware what you're 'upgrading' to. 2.5" is pretty severe, perfectly suitable for a Huey Lewis & the News video, though.
     


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    Be aware what you're 'upgrading' to. 2.5" is pretty severe, perfectly suitable for a Huey Lewis & the News video, though.
    Not for us very skinny types. 'Normal' ties look ridiculous on me.
     


  5. office drone

    office drone Senior member

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    I've done it myself, and the results were good. I don't know if a normal tailor would be interested in doing it, because it's very easy to damage the silk while working with it. But Tiecrafters in NYC will do it for $14 each, which is reasonable IMO for the amount of work required..

    Nice...thanks for the link. How skinny did you go?
     


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    Be aware what you're 'upgrading' to. 2.5" is pretty severe, perfectly suitable for a Huey Lewis & the News video, though.

    Not for us very skinny types. 'Normal' ties look ridiculous on me.

    Yep...3.5" doesn't look good on a skinny guy like me also. Maybe going to 3" is the safe way to go...but would it be worth it then just taking off 0.5"? hmm...
     


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    If you want your tie to be versatile -- appropriate even for CBD occasions, that is -- I wouldn't suggest going below 3". I'm skinny and prefer a 3-3.25" tie. Anything greater than 3.5, like all the 3.75s in the stores these days, look ridiculous on me.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Nice...thanks for the link. How skinny did you go?
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    It's the pink Faconnable - I took it down from ~3.75 to about 3". You can see the old creases on the back side - I didn't want to risk messing up the silk trying to get them completely out.
     


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    That's impressively clean, j. I haven't the skill to perform such operations and will probably give away the 3.75s I've been handed down rather than mutilate them.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Thanks.. it wasn't really that difficult, but like I said you do have to be very careful, at least I did with that one because the silk is really delicate and it would be easy to ruin it. I definitely think $14 is fair for that job.
     


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    This is slightly off-topic, but where do you guys measure the width of the tie? At its widest point?
     


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    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    It's the pink Faconnable - I took it down from ~3.75 to about 3". You can see the old creases on the back side - I didn't want to risk messing up the silk trying to get them completely out.


    So the job wasn't completely perfect?
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    No, I failed. It is acceptable to me though. [​IMG]
     


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    No, I failed.

    You can forget that job at Tiecrafters.
     


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