The perfect tuxedo except for one thing...

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  1. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    just saw Dr. No again.

    Mr Bond wears his perfectly fitting tuxedo with side vents.

    that's all. carry on......
     


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    I hope a tailor can correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it just an extension of the side seam? Perhaps you would notice it in the lining, and not by much....
     


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    I have side vents on all my dinner coats. If you don't like them on your coat, have your tailor sew them shut.
     
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    Don't know why it would be obvious. Open the vents, hem and lining. Reshape the sides from the waist down to the hem and baste the sides together closing the vent. Do the same for the lining. Trim the extra cloth away leaving normal seams. Sew the side seams, finish the lining. It will be the same as if it were made this way originally except you may have a horizontal seam on the interior lining where the lining was cut at the top of the side vent. There is not much technical skill needed but you have to properly shape and fit the side seams to fit the the hips/seat.
     


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    He's baaaaaaaack.
     


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    Don't speak his name!
     


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    Mr. Bond cannot be wrong!
     


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    And he's not.
     


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    Did you see the single vent on the DJ in Skyfall?
     


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    Oh, he most definitely can. See Skyfall, or any of Timothy Dalton's Bonds.
     


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    And don't get me started on his drink - no gin and he wants it shaken :wow:
     


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    The original Vesper was 3 parts gin to 1 part vodka.
     


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    How can a proper Brit eschew gin for vodka in their martini? Maybe a hint towards 60s counterculture?
     


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    I just received the PRL tux mentioned by stant62 and am considering it vis-a-vis the Hugo Boss Cary Grant. In terms of construction, the Italian-made, half-canavased PRL is superior to the Turkish, fused HB--as reflected by their respective retail prices of $1595 and $795. Since I got each of them for about $600 and the PRL fits better, the choice should be obvious--but like the original poster I am put off by the side vents...and the pocket flaps...and the plastic buttons. As several of you have already noted, I can have the vents closed and the flaps removed, but I'm especially perplexed by the buttons because (so far as I can tell) this DJ usually has grosgrain-covered buttons (SB + sleeves). It came directly from a RL distro center and, apart from the buttons and the vestigial model name "Fairbanks" (now reserved for RL youth tuxedos), it is indistinguishable from the Polo SB classic peaked-lapel currently for sale on the RL website. I suppose I can have the buttons replaced, but I worry about the integrity of the fabric given the weight of the thread currently attaching the plastic buttons. So my question is much the same as that originally posed: should I keep the PRL with the idea that I can convert it to a more conventional DJ or the BOSS, which is prêt-à-porter (albeit a bit shiny and stiff looking for my taste)?
     


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