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The Tailors' Thread: Fit Feedback and Alteration Suggestions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by emptym, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. OTCtailor

    OTCtailor Senior member

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    It looks to be too big in the shoulders. This jacket is probably a full size or two too large and if it's a "Long", you'd probably benefit from a short.
    Unless you're emotionally attached to this jacket, the alterations required won't really give you a quality result...especially shortening the jacket.
    And...all of that is $$
     
  2. OTCtailor

    OTCtailor Senior member

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    Ah if only people had easy access to a camera where they could take pictures and post them to the internet at will....damn when will technology finally catch up?!

    In all seriousness, There could be a few things making this happen.
    You didn't mention too tight in waist and seat so I'll cautiously rule that out that it's pulling.
    You could have shoulders that are more square with posture more erect than the jacket is cut for.
    You could have a protruding seat
    It may only need a good pressing
    It may have been altered before in a way that would affect the balance on your body.
    Can it be fixed? Most likely. But just like on a car, what is the problem and how big of a job is it?
    Unfortunately, without a picture or 3 front side and back preferably in good lighting, we can't tell.[​IMG]
     
  3. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    More than one cause but a photo is needed to diagnose what your fix could be. Most common cause is a long back balance. You can tell by the side view if the back is longer than the front. Pull the back up at the center seam under the collar and you will see the vent straighten. Overly suppressed waist and and hip is another cause.
     
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  4. gotmoo

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    Thanks OTCtailor for all your helpful suggestions, I'll be sure to communicate those to them at the next fitting, luckily alterations are covered. Appreciate the inputs from others as well! It's good to know that the suit is not a lost cause :)
     
  5. pseudonym

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    Looking for opinions on this J. Crew suit, wondering if I should buy.

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    Notes:
    - First suit jacket that actually covers my ass
    - Jacket size: 36R / pants: 30x30
    - Was in a rush to take pictures; sleeves are a bit longer irl. Can be shortened.
    - I cuffed the pants to see how they would look post-hem.

    Thanks!
     
  6. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    Sleeves too long. Jacket too tight; check the seams for room to let out. Are your hips uneven? If so, the trousers are a touch too short unless you want to slim them down a great deal through the calves, which will cause that suit to look rather. dated five years from now. If they just rode up on one leg or I'm seeing the picture wrong, the pants may be good. The jacket overall is a touch long, with the button a bit past the natural waist, and the shoulders are a bit wide.
     
  7. Doughnuts

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    Thank you for helping us with this thread!

    I recently got this jacket at a steep discount, and was curious about how I should get it tailored or if I should return it? Please ignore the too-long sleeves from my shirt.




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    I apologize for the lousy iPhone pics and feel free to request more pictures.
     
  8. pseudonym

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    I cuffed the pants in the picture above; they're actually 2-3 inches longer than shown.

    Come to think of it, the jacket was definitely a bit long, which is why I needed a second opinion.

    Guess that's a no.
     
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  9. Chase H

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    It's not awful, although one of the best barometers for fit is whether the back's clean, and there was no picture of that, but the balance is a bit low. If you could try a 36 short, I would expect that to overall fit you pretty well. You'd probably still need to shorten the sleeves and let out the jacket a bit, and, of course, talk to Despos or A Tailor or another tailor.
     
  10. jrwhiti

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    This is my first attempt at going custom. These are from Indochino. I have read some negative things about them, but only since the order was completed. I should have done my research beforehand.

    That said, I think the sleeves are too long. It should be noted, though, that the shirt I am wearing does not have sleeves long enough. I need to get a shirt custom made as well. I am just abnormally skinny and long and I just can't find a store that makes clothes that way. Any advice would be great!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  11. FillW

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    Let me ask the tailors this question. I asked it in the Double Breasted thread but nobody answered it.

    I saw a used DB coat for sale but the outside lapel was sticking out.

    Would a tailor be able to correct this by moving the buttons?
     
  12. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Have no idea what you are asking or what the issue is.
     
  13. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Your results are better than most. Sleeves could be a touch shorter. Jackets are basically ok. You have a low left shoulder and high left hip that effects the drape of the jacket and trouser. Would shorten the trousers and have the seat and crotch taken in. Waist too if it is loose.
     
  14. AdamWill

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    I'm guessing he means the topmost lapel (so, left lapel) bows outwards (doesn't lie flat against the body).
     
  15. FillW

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    Yeah. If I unbutton it I can get it to lie against my chest. Someone in the DB thread mentioned he was having his tailor move the buttons on a coat he has to get the lapel to lie against his chest normally.

    It's a used coat at a second hand store but it looks great and fits good otherwise.
     
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  16. pseudonym

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    Some better pics of the J. Crew suit. A 36S would've been perfect, but this is the remaining suit in-store (36R).

    Thoughts? Thanks.

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  17. TheSizzle

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    This isn't a tailoring suggestion, because that's a matter in which I'm not qualified to speak, but I believe you should consider lace-ups with your suits.

    I hope that comment does not stray from the direction of the thread.
     
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  18. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    Thanks for a great thread. I am learning much by following.

    One day I may have the courage to post some clothes for a review.

    I dont mean to hijack the thread but I would love to hear our accomplished tailors recommend some tailors in NYC. There are other threads that cover this, but I would prefer to hear from our experts here, as they know their craft well. And I think their recommendation should not be taken lightly.

    Thanks again.
     
  19. AdamWill

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    from earlier posts in the thread, I believe the tailors would need you to post a picture, as there can be more than one cause of the lapels not sitting flat.
     
  20. unclesam099

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    Another photo of my waistcoat - please give suggestions on what I might change on a future order.

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