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What does tailoring on an otr suit typically cost?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by coatandthai, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. coatandthai

    coatandthai Senior member

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    Is there a *standard* price? Usually costs me around $125-150 for cuffs, pants waist, sleeves, suit waist and collar but maybe I'm skimping too much since my last suit was a mess.
     


  2. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    That sounds about right.

    When you buy RTW suits, how much fabrics do you usually take in (or out) on a jacket waist, pants etc .?
     


  3. TomW

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    I've always found that the cost of alteration is directly related to the discount from retail of the suit. For example: For those suits that I've paid full or near full retail there has been no charge for alteration, for items discounted 50% or more cost has varied between $35 to $50 for alterations with a high of $125 for major alterations of an item purchased at 80% off. Geographical location provides for some interesting variables as well.
     


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    I've bought suits that required next to no alterations before. e.g I bought a Baldesarrini suit that only required sleeve shortening and pant shortening. That one ran me about $40.

    I've also bought a Borrelli suit from Ian Daniels on the internet that required some pretty extensive alterations (shortening of sleeve from the shoulder due to working button holes, narrowing of sleeve after alteration, shoulder taken in, chest taken in, pants taken in, legs of pant let out, and length taken in). That ran me about $230.

    I'd say $50 to $75 is probably average, I would guess.
     


  5. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    How the heck were you able to take in chest pannel.?? Also when your tailor took Borrelli suit shoulders apart, I hope he sew back the shoulders by HAND. [​IMG]
     


  6. coatandthai

    coatandthai Senior member

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    I usually need an 8" drop, (56e/46l chest, 37-38" waist) so it is a good bit of tailoring. The recent fiasco was because she raised the sleeves at the shoulder rather than shortening them at the cuff (trying to preserve the pick-stiching at the cuffs) and the result is that the sleeve is very tight in the upper arms.
     


  7. tdial

    tdial Senior member

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    (tdial @ 14 Oct. 2004, 08:02) I've bought suits that required next to no alterations before. e.g I bought a Baldesarrini suit that only required sleeve shortening and pant shortening. That one ran me about $40. I've also bought a Borrelli suit from Ian Daniels on the internet that required some pretty extensive alterations (shortening of sleeve from the shoulder due to working button holes, narrowing of sleeve after alteration, shoulder taken in, chest taken in, pants taken in, legs of pant let out, and length taken in). That ran me about $230. I'd say $50 to $75 is probably average, I would guess.
    How the heck were you able to take in chest pannel.?? Also when your tailor took Borrelli suit shoulders apart, I hope he sew back the shoulders by HAND. [​IMG]
    Yeah, he did sew it all back by hand, and probably why it ended up costing so much. The original chest of one of the Borrellis I bought from Ian had a chest measurement of 47 inches, which is about an inch or inch and a half too big for me. He adjusted it so that it fit me. I'll ask him tomorrow how he did it when I go back to pick up a Borrelli sport coat I bought last week and am having altered.
     


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    slightly off subject. But does anyone have any advice on finding a talor? I've just moved to a new city and need some alterations on a couple of suits.
     


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    Post a new thread asking for a recommendation to a tailor in your new city. Someone usually will have input and you will get better visibility with a new thread.
     


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