Updating an old suit

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  1. coachvu

    coachvu Senior member

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    After absorbing everyone's advice for a few weeks, I pulled my old Alan Lebow suit out of the closet. I've had it for several years, and it's served me well as my interview suit. I realize now that the sleeves are a tad long, and the mid-section is way too big. The sleeves would be an easy fix, but can a tailor take in fabric on the back seam, the same way you can with pants? Should I only trust this to a skilled tailor, or is this pretty easy? I can't afford a new suit, but I can't wear this in its current state without thinking how much better it could look.
     


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    After absorbing everyone's advice for a few weeks, I pulled my old Alan Lebow suit out of the closet. I've had it for several years, and it's served me well as my interview suit. I realize now that the sleeves are a tad long, and the mid-section is way too big. The sleeves would be an easy fix, but can a tailor take in fabric on the back seam, the same way you can with pants? Should I only trust this to a skilled tailor, or is this pretty easy? I can't afford a new suit, but I can't wear this in its current state without thinking how much better it could look.

    Taking in the waist is no big deal, to a point. Any decent tailor can do it. How much do you need it taken in?
     


  3. coachvu

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    Taking in the waist is no big deal, to a point. Any decent tailor can do it. How much do you need it taken in?

    1.5-2 inches.
     


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    not familiar with this brand. How much is the suit worth? How much with the alterations cost (at somewhere other than the local dry cleaners)?
     


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    I haven't priced the alterations yet, but the suit was on sale for well over $300 when I bought it.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    If the suit is still in good shape then the alterations would almost certainly be worth it. You're not talking about doing a lot, really. Lebow, from my little knowledge of them, is a decent enough brand, although I wouldn't pour big money into alterations. But what you suggest won't set you back too much.
     


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