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The Tailors' Thread: Fit Feedback and Alteration Suggestions

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

  1. timmygoestothez

    timmygoestothez Well-Known Member

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    Here are two of my problematic sports. The first, I fear, is too big in the chest; this one also has collar gap issues. The second, on the other hand, is probably too short. (I think it's a regular, and I'm 6' 3".)

    Are the issues with the tweed SC fixable?

    (BTW, if other people agree that these jackets aren't going to work, anyone want to trade? I'm looking for 40Ls, especially slim fitting ones.)

    BTW, I know that in some of the pics one of my arms looks shorter than the other. That's just because I was adjusting my phone with that arm; normally it doesn't look that way.


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  2. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We can't really assess if it's too short for you unless we get a full-length shot. From this, we can see that it's covering your ass, but we get no sense of the overall proportions. Overall, we've seen much worse here (and probably from me...)
     
  3. timmygoestothez

    timmygoestothez Well-Known Member

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    Oops. Here are some full-length pictures. Thanks for your help!



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  4. OTCtailor

    OTCtailor Senior member

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    Can't go any shorter unless you're going for BB black fleece model shot...
    Otherwise, I think if you're going to wear a jacket that is on the edge of being short or too short, you need to make sure your trousers are damn well-fitted back there...
    Regarding the total fit...
    they could both use some adjustments but the harris tweed needs more front suppression than back it looks. Also, the back balance on that jacket may be a little long causing that vent to open up.
    The brown jacket is fairly clean but again needs more suppression in the front and the right sleeve could be lengthened. Same with the HT right sleeve. Sucks when you're low in one shoulder every jacket needs to be adjusted that way.
     
  5. timmygoestothez

    timmygoestothez Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that's very helpful. I'll try to trade the brown SC and see if a tailor can fix up the HT.


     
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  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think the proportions of the brown jacket work pretty well for you. With some relatively slim trousers with a bit of drape, I think you'd be doing alright.
     
  7. dragulievic

    dragulievic Active Member

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    Hi guys I´d like to hear your opinion about this suit.
    I bought it last week for a ridiculously low price and it´s a new Hugo Boss suit.
    The material is really nice and has a "pleasant touch", it´s 80% virgin wool (herringbone pattern). It´s very soft, hence the wrinkles (+ the fact that the waist is a bit loose)...
    The question is whether the shoulders are within the limits of "normality" or they should be altered if possible, I´m quite uncertain about it whether it looks OK or not.
    But I think the shoulder pad is a bit longer than it should be. This is possibly because I´ve got sloping shoulders, I don´t know.
    I am aware of the fact that the waist should be also altered and the sleeves are a bit long too, however, those can be altered much easier.
    What is your overall opinion about the suit? Oh and please don´t be too stern, I just want a good looking suit but I know it won´t be perfect.
    Thanks for the feedback! :)

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  8. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's interesting. In theory, if I pull up on the back on my trousers, would I see the bunching go away?

    Is the fix you suggest a moderate job, from the tailoring point of view? Is it worth trying to do with a good tailor? I have to say if I tilt my hip back,a bit (stomach forward, seat pushing slightly back), the bunching goes away, and I get a nice line in the seam down the back. So it feels like I'm nearly there, if only a tailor could fix the trousers!

    A second question: for those of us with a bow leg where the bow is outward (so concavity on the inner side of leg), can a slim trouser be cut? I am partial right now to about a 8.25 inch cuff opening, beginning with a 33 waist and 32 inch inseam. A fuller leg, I suppose, would help cover the bowleg, but I find these often to be too "full" in the leg. Any happy medium? I also take it that OTR slim trousers can't be readjusted for this problem (sigh).

    Thanks again.
     
  9. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is there a slight divot on the left shoulder?
     
  10. dragulievic

    dragulievic Active Member

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    Yes it seems there is a small one.
    Perhaps removing the pads would help?
     
  11. Nizza

    Nizza Senior member

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    Hello Sfers,

    I would like some suggestion and comment on my suit fitting

    I recent got this BBBF suit from the forum.

    Before buying it, i have no clue whether i'm a 38R or 40R, therefore as from the measurement that the seller provide I feel that the suit measurement is align with my shirt and just a tiny bit larger from my previous suit (0.5 larger in the chest, the shoulder is pretty much the same as well as the length of the suit.)
    So I go for it... (this one is 40R, BB2)

    After i got it and try on, the shoulder and chest fits fine imo, yet the waist is very roomy...

    So I took it to the tailor and have him tapered the waist area as well as some excess clothes in the back shoulder area.

    2 weeks pass by and I have received my suit back...when I first try it on, it was alright, but many of my friends had commented that it still look too large on me...

    I went back to my tailor once again and as him whether he can taper the waist area further or not....he told me that it's not ideal to do that... and that it may ruin the suit balance...

    Do you guys agree with him or do you think it is possible to trim it down a bit more and not ruining the balance of the suit.

    (please excuse my poor grammar and bad posture for the photo)

    Thanks
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  12. Mahoney320

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    I'm planning on ordering my first custom shirt from an online maker, and figured I would use my only good dress shirt for a baseline. Please tell me how the shirt should be altered and feel free to request additional info. I also would like to know if the shoulder seems are correctly placed on this shirt, and if the back seam should come so far forward. Thank you
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  13. Mahoney320

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    I'm planning on ordering my first custom shirt from and online maker, and have decided to use my only good shirt as a baseline. Please indicate how the shirt should be altered and feel free to request additional information. I would also like to know if the shoulder seams are correctly placed on this shirt, and if the back seam (yoke) should come so far forward. Thank you
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  14. JimC

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    Hello all,

    New suit, first time of wearing since receipt. Please excuse the rough shots. They were about the best I could do given that I'm running solo. Please also note that the shirt has not yet been washed or ironed, and I expect it will sit a little better under my sleeves once it's been through that process.

    As far as the suit goes, I had initially donned it for this purpose as I thought it looked a little too boxy. I now think there's a few other issues such as leg length and too much material around my legs. And I can't quite put my finger on it but the jacket doesn't look quite right to me. And the suit has never been cleaned or pressed.

    I'm standing a little awkwardly too. My apologies. I often look like I've got a stick up my bum. I hope I relax once the camera's gone. And I hope you can get what you need out of these photos to give me some direction on what if anything needs to change.

    The fabric is Scabal Super 130's.

    Oh and the pocket square is pretty rough as I've never used one before. I hope it didn't puff the chest out too much.

    Please critique away.

    Cheers.


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  15. nautikal

    nautikal Well-Known Member

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    I just got a suit from Black Lapel and would very much appreciate recommendations for the remake. The jacket fits very well in many areas (in my opinion), so hopefully I can fix the current issues with your help.

    My measurements:
    5’7” and 130 lbs
    Posture: Normal
    Shoulder Type: Sloping
    Shoulder Angle: Even (should have put lower right)
    Fit: Tailored (in-between "slim" and "traditional")

    Shoulders: 17.0”
    Chest: 34.25”
    Stomach: 30.75”
    Jacket Length: 28.5”
    Sleeve Length: 23.0”
    Biceps: 11.75”
    Wrists: 6.75”

    Hips: 37.0”
    Waist: 30.75”
    Rise: 25.75”
    Thigh: 21.0”
    Knee: 14.0”
    Pant Length: 37.75”

    The jacket:
    1. Obviously the shoulders are too large, but I am not sure whether to decrease by 0.25" or 0.5". Also, the construction of the shoulders just looks weird and uneven. Additionally, I did not notice until looking at pictures that I have a lower right shoulder, so I will specify that as well.
    2. Any ideas what's causing the folds at the back of the sleeves? I'm not sure if its related, I will probably increase the biceps size by 0.5" because it felt a bit tight.
    3. Looks like my right arm is longer than my left, so I need to shorten the left sleeve by 0.25”.

    Any other thoughts?

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    Overall, the pants do not fit well and are unflattering. They are too large at the hips and thigh, and because they darted the pants in the front (and also possibly because of the pocket construction) the pants flare out at the sides. I'm also not sure what's going on in the front to make it look like I have a uhhh... you know what... trying to escape.

    The third spoiler link shows pictures of pants that fit pretty well (except for needing a bit more room in the rear fork) for comparison. They are a full inch smaller in the front (measured seam to seam at the midpoint of the front pockets). My hip measurement is larger mostly due to my prominent seat, not as much so from wide hips, so hopefully there is a way to account for this in the pattern?

    Any other observations?

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    Also, below is a shirt I got from Modern Tailor. It fits pretty well except it bulges in the back at the armhole seam (see circles) and conversely is too tight at the front armhole seam on my shoulder. Why is it fitting like this? Does the armhole need to come forward laterally or be rotated forward?

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    Thanks again for your help. Slowly learning…
     
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  16. OTCtailor

    OTCtailor Senior member

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    Hard to say with these awkward pics but it looks like the back balance is a little too long and it's falling down in the back. Looks like you have fairly erect back posture. Altering the shoulders is not necessary. The biggest alteration would be rotating the sleeves forward slightly. Better pics would tell the whole story.
     
  17. OTCtailor

    OTCtailor Senior member

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    The trick is to look at the folds. If they're horizontal below your seat, it's too long in the back rise. The fix is dropping the back of the waistband slighty. It's not as severe a fix as dropping the whole waistband. If the folds are vertical, it's too full in the stride. The fix there is taking in the back part of the inseam only which decreases the crotch curve length slightly and sucks the excess material in more towards your legs. If the folds are both horizontal and vertical, than it could be a little of both. If the material is riding up your you know what, the crotch curve in the back is not curved right and needs to be scooped out. From the sound it, it's probably just too long in the back rise. Dropping the waistband is the likely fix.
     
  18. OTCtailor

    OTCtailor Senior member

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    It looks like it's looser in the front of the jacket. Messing with the back seams any more certainly can affect the balance, especially if it's the center back seam. I'd take in the darts in the front...that should do the trick.
     
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  19. Nizza

    Nizza Senior member

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    Thank you so much for you recommendation sir.

    I believe that my suit is a Sack one since there are no front darts...the only darts line that seems to be on the front piece of the suit are those that run through the front pocket....

    Is it possible to take in through the side seams or a bit more at the 2 seams where the vent are?

    Due to my curiosity...

    Yesterday I took my suit jacket to another tailor that I normally have my shirts and trouser altered, which the result always extremely good.

    Actually it's a chain tailor store so they do have suit alteration service as well.

    At first she was going to take in the suit using the center back seam...but I remember from the forum suggestion not to let the tailor mess with that line...so I ask her to alter using the 2 back seams where the vents are.

    Below are the photos when my tailor pin me my suit at the 2 back seams.

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    Do you think it looks weird? Personally I feel a bit odd with this look....so I call my tailor and put the process on hold...i'm going back to the store tomorrow....

    Would love to hear your further suggestion on it.

    Many thanks,
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  20. itraxx

    itraxx Senior member

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    [X-Post from Luxire thread]

    Could anyone give me some feedback for future adjustments based upon the pictures below? Please note that I input the sleeve measurements incorrectly which is why they are so big - I will be having this corrected by a local tailor and never making the mistake again!


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    Apologies for the poor quality iPhone photos. If it's any help, my usual measurements are 40" chest and 31" waist.

    Thanks
     

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