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How Can A Suit Jacket Be Altered? [SOLVED!]

The first rule of suit alterations is that taking away or reducing the amount of fabric is doable, but you can’t make something bigger, at least not by much 😊 Exactly how much depends on what allowances of extra material were under the seams or hems of the garments 😁 Jackets and pants tailored to a particular size or price will have more room, allowing for future growth 👍 To keep costs low, cheaper items are usually made from less material. Therefore, you’ll have better chances for a successful alteration if your find is a bit too big rather than too small for you. [1]
You can have a new inner lining put into an old jacket by Reline Jacket. You may have had it worn once before, or the jacket has seen some wear. You may want to have a jacket lined if the jacket is still in great condition. We also have a superb collection of satin linings with over 50 colors to choose from, typical black, grey, navies along with some beautiful pinks, purples, yellows etc… We even have some polka dot ones on request. All inner pockets are available for retention upon request. If required, samples can be sent via post. This was modified by TereasaIvey September 20, 2020. [2]
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Based on an article by suitshop.com, #3. If you are a large or muscular man, lapels may be an issue. If the jacket is too narrow from the elbow to the edges of the lapel, the lapels can pop open. In other words, the design and size of the jacket isn’t working well Be aware of your measurements. This can be corrected by taking one size bigger and not having to alter a complicated part of the jacket. Our number one tip for avoiding alterations in the jacket’s upper section is not to alter it. [3]
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It can be difficult to alter a suit jacket. It is because a well-fitting jacket for suit is delicate balancing between shoulders, chest and arms. When one area doesn’t fit well, it can throw off the fit of the entire jacket. Consequently, when one of these three areas is disrupted or altered, it’s very easy to cause a complication somewhere else as a result. If you’re going to buy an off-the-rack suit or blazer: make sure the shoulders fit. The most expensive alterations for shoulders are those that require jackets or suits. Not many tailors can do this job well. [4]
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Article references

  1. https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/suit-alterations-what-a-tailor-can-do/
  2. https://thesuitdoctor.co.uk/suit-alterations/
  3. https://suitshop.com/blogs/news/wedding-suit-alterations-guide-the-dos-and-donts/
  4. https://blacklapel.com/thecompass/suit-alteration-cost-considerations/
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