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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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    well, a 40R with a 10inch leg opening tells me the suit is probably vintage..?
    Which would also easily explain the proportions on the jacket. I think the jacket is small in the chest, but that's probably from wearing the vest and having prominent chest. No much you can do to fix that.
    The jacket could be shortened up to what looks like 1.5-2" and it would still maintain good proportions.
     
  2. harryk387

    harryk387 Member

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    Yup, it is definitely a vintage suit. Took it to my trusted tailor today, but was unsure if they would be able to shorten the jacket. They said they can do anything to a suit jacket to make it fit right. So we'll see how it comes out. Ill post pictures after I pick the jacket up on Friday.

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  3. aussiejake

    aussiejake Senior member

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    X Post from Aussie thread:

    Just found out the difficulty of taking a decent photo of navy pants in poor lighting, with a camera phone and in a bathroom.

    Some terrible photos of my new shirt:


    My thoughts are that the body fits very nicely, but the upper arm could be taken in a touch on my next shirts. Length of body and arm seem spot on. Any other thoughts?

    Photos of the pants I want altered:

    Want the pants slimmed from thigh down and the leg opening tapered. On the right track?
     
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  4. OTCtailor

    OTCtailor Senior member

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    Really? That's a pretty bold statement!
    See if they can add width to the chest enough to keep the lapels from gaping...
     
  5. Flyswatter

    Flyswatter Senior member

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    I'm not a tailor, but I don't think the shirt sleeves need to be slimmed at all; it looks good as is. Your feet look disproportionately huge. And I don't think the pants should be slimmed, either. Just shortened a bit. The painted-on look ain't a good one, bro. :laugh:
     
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  6. aussiejake

    aussiejake Senior member

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    Fair enough, all I was talking about was maybe .5-1cm off in the upper arm.

    Feet look huge due to the dodgy photo, using a leaning mirror and poor angles. I'm actually only a size 8UK :D

    Pants really do feel very baggy in certain points, the lower thighs and calf especially. It was hard to photograph how baggy they are. I believe good fitting pants should compliment and silhouette your legs, without being too tight of course. Agree on the shortening of the length, I'll be adding a cuff and changing up the hem to deal with that.
     
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  7. totolino85

    totolino85 Well-Known Member

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    from pics I'd also say kep the shirt as it is! it fits you perfectly.

    The trousairs from what I can see, they're way to long but I'd not slimmer them up. I like also skinny trousairs but more than that it gets unconfortable to wear :)
     
  8. coneymilemind

    coneymilemind New Member

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    Gentlemen,

    This suit jacket's fit has several problems, but I'm interested in your take on the sleeves:

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    There is significantly more wrinkling on the right than on the left. It's not from a particular pose. Any ideas on might be the cause of this? Many thanks
     
  9. XKxRome0ox

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    can this cotton sportcoat be altered to look/feel more casual by just removing the shoulder pads and taking in the shoulders a bit to compensate?
    has anyone tried something like that?
    difficult to get good results?
    even if possible, is it going to be cost prohibitive?
     
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  10. JapanAlex01

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    It's look as casual as it should, IMO. All you need to do is shorten the sleeves a tad.
     
  11. harryk387

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    Quote:Originally Posted by harryk387 [​IMG]


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    AFTER: I had the pant leg tapered a few weeks ago, but i think i want to have them widened just a little bit. Thought?

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  12. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm afraid your tailor has overestimated his ability to work magic. The proportions of the jacket are off, including pocket placement, and the newly closed quarters are not an improvement. I do think that the shorter length is better for overall proportions, though.

    EDIT: If you can tuck the pocket flaps, try that to see if it looks better with besom pockets.
     
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  13. OTCtailor

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    It definitely looks better than it did. Yes the proportions are off but it looks pretty good despite that. Maybe not "sf approved" but who cares what sf thinks? You won't get it much better than that is what I'm trying to say no matter how much we pick it apart on the forum. Go and wear your suit proudly and save your money for a nice custom job down the road. You look better than 95% of the guys out there.
     
  14. Flyswatter

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    +1. Hardly an improvement. A change, for sure, but not necessarily for the better. The completely closed quarters look horrible, and only accentuate the too tight chest and gaping lapels. The ridiculously structured/pointy shoulders aren't helping matters, either. Just one more example of how buying used suits on eBay rarely results in a positive outcome. Unless you're willing to accept drastically sub-par fit, I'd consider that suit a write-off and an expensive lesson.
     
  15. mensimageconsultant

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    (double-post again)
     
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  16. mensimageconsultant

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    Buying online without trying on first is a recipe for disaster, yes. However, that suit definitely has been improved, and the chest tightness would almost disappear if the vest were removed. The collar area still needs work.
     
  17. OIx

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    Hi,

    this is RTW suit (Massimo Dutti, 46 Italian) which was taken to proper tailor for some alterations... This one is probably one of my better fitting suits for now, I will post others to be challenged... I plan to go for bespoke and would like to use this suit as a reference

    From the back I see issues with quite strong padding which falls off the shoulders, not very clean on back (smth like waist lower than should be, right ? ) .. very interested in your comments on length of the coat, button stance, and any other critical comments / suggestions..

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  18. RDiaz

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    Looks like your tailor took in the waist too much. Can't comment on everything else.
     
  19. Hacking jacket

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    I am not a tailor, but have exactly the same issue with the pants sagging at the back. All tailors know how to solve this but its more involved than slim fitting (although for me that helps): fabric is removed (tightened?) from a pretty odd place (beneath the seat?) and it tightens everything up. Intuitively I'd shorten the seat from the waistline, but thats not what happens. It costs me around $120 to have it done well, which includes a slim fit. I have every pair of pants off the peg altered.

    It would be useful to have this set of alterations technically described by an expert, but I think fabric is removed/fitted beneath the seat (or 'rise')
     
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  20. jackster57

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    This is my first suit, a wool Jcrew Ludlow. Looking to see what can be done to improve the fit, as I am a very tall and skinny guy. I'm pretty new to the whole suiting thing, so criticise this fit as much as possible. This is pre tailoring. If anyone knows of any recommended tailors in Portland, Maine that would be much appreciated. Thank you for the feedback and I apologize for the phone pictures.


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