Unless you’re extremely lucky with the fit of off the rack suit jackets or you get all of them made to measure, chances are you’re going to need some alterations. The good news is that when it comes to getting a suit jacket tailored, a little work goes a long way in terms dialing in fit.
Our suit jacket alterations covers the most common alterations – jacket length, sleeve length, chest, shoulders and collar – discusses how each should fit the individual and whether or not each particular alteration is worth the cost.
I’m often asked how much it costs to get a suit – or other basic menswear items – tailored. The answer? it depends. Alterations and tailoring services vary depending on the tailor, their location and the quality of their services.
However, if one thing is certain, it’s that the cost associated with alterations is always money well spent.
Here is a general price list for common suit jacket/blazer, pants and shirt alterations.
Suit Jacket Alterations
- Shorten/Lengthen Sleeves: $60
- Shorten/Lengthen Sleeves (with functioning button holes): $150
- Let Out/Take In Side Seams: $65
- Let Out/Take In Back Seam: $55
- Shorten Jacket: $75
- Reduce Shoulders: $160
- Reline Jacket: $200
- Replace Pocket Linings: $25
- Replace/Tighten Button: $2-5
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How Much Will Bridal Alterations Cost You?
There is no definitive answer to the cost of wedding gown alterations. However, we have layed out some basic costs and explanations. If you know what may need to be done to your dress, Just click through the different dress parts and get an idea of what it may cost you. Also, here are some important things to consider:
1. Cheaper isn’t always better. If the cost sounds too good to be true, it is.
2. Beading and Lace will always cost more.
3. There is no good way to get a good price quote over the phone. Make an appointment and go in to visit the seamstress. Not all bridal seamstresses are created equal.
4. Our prices don’t change part way through the process.
General Costs of Bridal Alterations
Wedding Gown Lace Up Back Corset
Have you found the perfect wedding dress, but it won’t zip up in back? It looks and fits great everywhere else, but you just can’t zip it up? Well, here’s an alteration that will fix that problem. It’s called putting in a corset back and it looks great. A corset bodice is a gorgeous vintage look for your special day. With the lace-up back, you can incorporate different color ribbons to add a touch of color, tie them in pretty bows or knots or just keep things simple with a classic corset.
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Emergency sewing repairs and alterations
Life is full of unexpected occurrences.
You have a big occasion coming up, maybe tomorrow and you discover that:
You have a tear in your dress, the zipper is broken or
the pants to your best suit are too tight in the waist and
many other possibilities.
You were about to go on an important trip or vacation and you discover that:
the strap on your backpack is broken or
the strap on your bicycle rack needs to be replaced.
An important piece of clothing needs a repair or
the tent flap needs to be fixed.
All kinds of emergency repairs and alterations to clothing, outdoor gear, even home decor (a torn curtain)
But Alterations are Too Expensive
But Alterations are Too Expensive? Many women just don’t want to invest the money to ensure their clothing fits them impeccably. They reason that if they paid $20 for a garment, why should they spend another $10 altering it?
As many of us are working towards shopping more sustainable, alterations can be a way of extending our wardrobes. We can also make what we have work for us rather than running out to buy more. Of course, it’s an easier “sell” if we’re focusing on quality over quantity when shopping. However, those of us who enjoy thrift and consignment shopping know that quality doesn’t always have to come with a large price tag.
I definitely recommend spending the money to tailor your clothes so they fit you like a glove. Fit is the primary reason for tailoring, alterations can also help to modernize your clothes or update them to line up with your evolving sense of style. As one example, as my preferred trouser silhouette changed, I narrowed many of my wide-legged pants to create a straight-legged look.
Suit Alterations You Should Make To Off The Rack Suits. Off-the-rack suit aren’t designed to fit perfectly, so if you don’t have the cash for an expensive bespoke Suit, you’re gonna need a tailor. With thread, needle and a flick of the wrist this rare breed of clothing magicians can alter your not-custom suit into something as close to custom as possible — all while saving you a bundle.
One of these wizards is Eve, who’s been holding down sewing duties for over 25 years at Eve’s Alterations in Kissimmee Florida especially when it pertains to off the rack suit alterations. Soak up these recommendations for the seven alterations you should make to every off-the-rack suit, and never again will a great deal be ruined by a terrible fit.
These are 6 off the rack suit alterations you should make to your suits.
- Narrow the sleeves: They shouldn’t be restrictively tight, but they shouldn’t be baggy either — slim is the ideal middle-ground.
- Shorten the sleeves: The proper length should show a half-inch of shirt cuff (called “linen”) when your hands are at your sides.
- Jacket length: The whole length thing is variable, as we all have torsos, arms, and legs of different lengths. But a good rule to go by is that the jacket should cover your ass.
- Pant length: Cuffed or non-cuffed? Non-cuffed is a more modern, flush look. Full break? Half? No break at all?! It’s up to your personal taste.
- Take in/let out the waist: This is typically going to be the former (if not, it might be time for a gym membership). Baggy is bad, but Victorian corset choke is worse. You should be comfortable when you sit, stand, and walk.
- Narrow the pant leg: For a slimmer look, have the tailor pull the fabric in from around your shin up through your thigh.