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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
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.
Men’s Formal Alterations Seamstress
Of all the factors involved in making a man look good, fit is paramount. It’s the difference between looking sloppy and turning out sharp. Making a great first impression or shooting yourself in the foot.
Yet finding the perfect-fitting shirt, pants or suit is virtually impossible when buying off-the-peg. Sure, pull and tug your way through a few different sizes and you’ll find one that fits well but a glove-like fit can’t be bought.
Which is where a Eve’s Alterations comes in. With a good tailor on speed dial you’ll have all kinds of sartorial sorcery at your fingertips — from giving tired pieces a new lease of life to making a high street suit look a whole lot more expensive.
How To Choose A Suit You Can Wear After The Wedding
Guys, let’s face it: When it comes to weddings, it’s all about her. From the rehearsal dinner to the reception to the exotic honeymoon locale, we’ve got little say. And then, of course, there’s the dress — perhaps the only thing anyone cares about. After all, even if the salmon is bland, the bridesmaids are drunk and the band plays “Sweet Caroline” a few too many times, everyone will look back and think about that dress. So what’s in it for us? In short, not much unless you select your suit wisely and squeeze it for all it’s worth. Lucky for you, we know just how to do that at Eve”s Alterations in Kissimmee.
Choosing Your Wedding Suit: What You Should Know
Purchase – don’t rent
Most men go the rent-a-tux route. And we wouldn’t totally blame you for it either, considering that you probably plan on wearing the darn thing for just a few hours. But this isn’t your high school prom. So you can scrounge for your scrapbook or take our word for it: rented suits never fit properly and always look cheap. Not to mention the fact that someone else (in fact, many someone elses) wore it on their special day. Break the mold and buy.
Quit the corporate culture
You should look like you’re getting married, not giving a PowerPoint presentation. Suiting up in something new rather than a rental or boardroom leftover is a first step, but it’s far from the only thing that will keep you out of the office. Go black, three piece, and shell out somewhat more than you may be used to. We guarantee it’ll pay off.
Say something with the fit
You may be tempted to break out the bells and whistles. This day, after all, is only supposed to come around once. But despite your best instincts, your energy and hard earned money is better spent on tailoring. An inexpensive but impeccably cut suit will look like a million bucks. The same can’t be said for a pricey, ill-fitting one.
Form follows fabric
A tailor’s nip and tuck can only go so far. Without a fine fabric to lay the foundation, it’s tough to construct a winning wedding suit. A slouchy, shapeless blend will leave you looking, well, slouchy and shapeless. A weighty wool, on the other hand, will do just the opposite.
How To Wear Your Wedding Suit Post-Wedding
Funny thing is, with all the fabrics and fits, picking your suit often takes longer than the time you’ll actually spend wearing it. But, as promised, there are a few things you can do to maximize mileage. Here are some ways to make sure the suit you choose can be worn well after your wedding day is over.
Ditch the vest
Sure, it’s the easiest way to switch up a three piece, and you’ll gain a new weekday work suit in the process. We just recommend reserving it for special days when you need to play boss and bust balls. Pair it with a red, purple or light-blue knit tie from Drake’s London. The knit will lighten up the mood, but it’s really the color that counts. Remember: The suit is already black, and you don’t want to look like you’re going to a wedding again, or worse, a funeral.
Add the vest
While your workweek may be saturated with suits, we’re willing to bet your weekend is of the jeans and tee variety. Throw on the vest with slim-cut, dark denim (like this indigo resin rinse from J Brand), a solid white V-neck from Uniqlo and sleek black sneakers by Lanvin. Just make sure to keep the vest open and the shirt fitted but not skin tight. Otherwise, you’ll come off like you’re trying too hard.
Jerry-rig the jacket
Take the jacket and use it as a blazer. Yeah, yeah, we know you’ve heard this one before. But take note: The jacket should be trim and tailored enough to survive on its own. It’s a rule that will help you find the right fit for your wedding suit and one that lends itself nicely to the tailored cut of Joe’s Brixton blue jeans and a Hugo Boss spread-collar button down long after the big day is over. For those extra special nights out, feel free to slip on that vest with the Tie Bar’s classic black skinny tie and a pair of patent leather lace-ups from Ferragamo.Fly the trousers solo
Using the trousers with your regular run-of-the-mill button down for business-casual climes is fine by us. But you could really stretch your investment by pairing the pants with a crisp, un-tucked polo (we’re partial to this three-button pima pique from Theory) and some cool kicks like Tods’ iconic driver in red suede.
In the end, all eyes will definitely be on her dress. But there’s no harm in stealing a few glances for yourself on that day and those blissful years beyond. Like us on Facebook to receive our latest “Tip of the day”.
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The way you look in you clothes is important. Your wardrobe contributes significantly to way you feel about yourself and the impression your appearance makes on others. Eve’s many years of experience in Men’s Clothing store such as Men’s Warehouse and Cullwell & Sons in Dallas can assure you that she will get the job done right.
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