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Men’s Clothing Alterations
Unless you’re 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 suit alterations.
Buying a well-fitting suit is only the first step. When the alteration is done properly, it will not only take your suit to the next level but maximize that suit’s potential to make you look awesome.
Fixing your suits or tuxedo and achieving a good fit is important, especially when the bridal gown is altered as well. It is a great investment that can improve your image and can make you feel comfortable. It has an impact on the way you look, the way you stand, and the way you walk.
Of course, before you get any kind of alterations done, it’s important to find a quality tailor and this can be a bit more difficult than it sounds. At the end of the day, they’re your suits and it’s your money you’re investing, so the whole process should be done wisely.
To make the whole process easier, we provide a free consultation to our clients in Toronto (Etobicoke, North York), Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and other GTA regions, for all our men’s and women’s alteration services.
Although you can check our website and our reviews, at Nadia Lef we believe that the best way to understand your style is to discuss all the details in person. We need to see the suit on you to find all alterations that should be done.
This way we ensuring the perfect fit by combining your vision with our high level of tailoring skills and experience.
The first step of your suit alterations is to visit our store in Toronto and to try both the jacket and pants. To ensure that you end up with a perfect fit, it is really important to bring with you the shirt you would normally wear and your shoes so that your pants can be tailored to the precise length.
To make it fit perfectly and make sure it looks great, we should focus on five areas of suit alterations. The shoulders, the collar, the waist, the sleeves and the pants.
A great-fitting suit or tuxedo jacket is a delicate balancing act between the shoulders, chest and arms. The padding in the shoulder should align with your shoulder and create a straight line from the collar to the sleeve.
In other words, if the suit jacket is too wide, then the shoulder doesn’t fill out and if it is too narrow it will pull the fabric and you won’t feel comfortable. The tight shoulder can pull across the top of the tuxedo jacket and create a gap between the shirt collar and jacket’s collar.
Without a doubt, the suit jacket’s collar can make the difference or break the look, so we need to pay extra attention to those parts.
When you return to the store to pick up your suits, you will have the chance to try it on again, stand in front of a mirror and look for final adjustments. It is absolutely necessary especially if you ordered multiple adjustments.
The suits should fit perfectly. It should lay flat across your chest comfortably without any indication of pull across your waist and should have no visible bulges or ripples in the fabric.
The dress pants should fit comfortably in the waist, the seat should drape without any pull or droop, and the cuff should fall exactly where you intended. If there are any imperfections, alert the tailor and have the minor adjustments made to perfect the suit’s fit.
Learn more about the repair process and discover the different alteration services we can offer to you. In the meantime, you can also check the 6 Rules for a Perfectly Tailored Suit.
When purchasing a new suit jacket you have to make sure that if the size is not ideal, at least it is close to ideal.
There are some parts, such as the shoulders or the length of the jackets that have many limitations such as the amount of fabric inside that is available or just can’t be altered.
These limits will tell us how much we can tailor the suit, as we have to make sure to balance the proportion of the garment and re-shape the connecting pattern pieces in order to achieve the desired result.
The shoulder pads in your jacket should perfectly align with your shoulders. In theory, you can extend or take in the shoulders, depending on the limitations that every jacket has. In general, the more you take-in or let-out the shoulder, the more you have to restructure the suit as it will affect the sleeves or the chest.
Sleeves Adjusting- Narrowing, Shortening & Lengthening
There is nothing worse like a shirt sleeve that has been swallowed up by an extra-long jacket sleeve or having a too-short sleeve that exposes the entire cuff of the shirt.
Your jacket sleeve must be not too long, not too short, but just right. After the alteration you will see that when you let your arms hang naturally and the suit jacket handcuff rests just above the base of your palm, revealing about a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff.
In most cases, sleeves may be the easiest part of a jacket to change and the main limitation is the available fabric in the sleeve head and the buttonholes. In order to shorten the sleeves properly, the best option is to shorten them from the shoulders, keeping this way the functionality of the buttonholes. The other option the tailor has is to shorten them from the hem. On the other hand, the only option for lengthening the sleeves is to adjust them from the hem.
Finally, as for sleeves narrowing, we have to see if the construction of the jacket allows this to be done.
Adjusting Jacket Length
It is possible to shorten the jacket by a small amount. When shortening the jacket, the most important is to keep the balance of the pockets and the bottom. On the other hand, jackets can’t be made longer, as there isn’t enough fabric to exploit.
Suit pants with extra-long length will destroy your style and that is why getting your pants hemmed is something that every guy should consider. Hemming your pants is a simple and inexpensive alteration. We can ensure to get exactly the pant break you want, whether you want to lengthen or shorten your hem.
You can choose between different breaks. No break is when the hem of your pants doesn’t touch the shoe at all, the half break is if you see a slight dent in the front and the full break is if you have a noticeable dent in the front of the pants but none in the back.
Adjust the Waist & Leg Width
Your pants can be taken in at the waist easily. On the other hand, to let out at the waist you need to take into consideration the limitation of the available fabric at the seam. To see how much room you have, just check on the inside of your pants.
As for the leg width, legs cannot be made larger, but they can easily be tapered, especially from the knee to the bottom.
Finally, depending on how much we will take in or let out the waist or legs, we might also need to alter the rise.
Alter Pant Rise
A trousers rise is the distance between the middle of the crotch seam to the top of the waistband. The rise is the most difficult to change as it requires removing the waistband and replacing the zipper as well. It’s not a common alteration, but sometimes it is an important one.
How much does it cost to get a suit altered?
Below you can find all the suit coat and suit pants alteration services we provide. Whether there is an easy suit alteration that you should expect to make when buying a suit or a complex one where you need a professional tailor to complete it. Simply choose the part you want to alter and find the detailed pricing.
***Please note that in order to give you an accurate quote, we need to see the suit on you. These are the starting prices and the total price will depend on how much work needs to be done and the complexity of your suit pants, jacket, coat or blazer.
|Remove Buttonholes Imitation||$10|
|Replace Button Set||$20|
|Make Inside Pocket/Reset Pocket||$20|
|Raise & Shorten Back||$35|
|Replace Collar Felt (Shatnez)||$42|
|Narrow Shoulders/Shorten Sleeve from Top||$78|
|Center Seams In/Out||$20|
|Center Seam with Vent In/Out||$20|
|Close Double/Center Vents||$20|
|Sides w/o vents In/Out||$25|
|Sides front only- In||$25|
|Sides Thru Double Vents In/Out||$30|
|Sides Thru Armholes In/Out||$30|
|Sides Thru Armholes/Vents Comb In/Out||$40|
|Remove Imitation Buttonholes||$8|
|Replace Sleeve Lining||$40|
|Shorten Double Faced||$64|
|Shorten From Top||$75|
|Shorten Suit Coat||$53|
|Plain Topstitch (Shorten/Lengthen)||$20|
|Pants in Short/Hem Short||$20|
|Remove Zippers (Shorten/Lengthen)||$28|
|Jeans- Reattach Original Hem||$30|
|With Knit Cuffs (Shorten)||$30|
|Jeans Fancy- Reattach Original Hem||$38|
|Reset Zippers (Shorten/Lengthen)||$43|
|Double Faced Fabric (Shorten)||$60|
|Sides w/o pockets (In/Out)||$30|
|Sides w/ pockets (In/Out)||$40|
|Make Inside Pocket||$24|
|Remove Belt Loops Topstitch||$6|
|Create belt loops||$12|
|Remove Belt Loop on Seam||$13|
|Seat Plain Seam (In/Out)||$14|
|Seat With Topstitch (In/Out)||$16|
|Waist Split Waistband||$20|
|Waist Remove Waistband (In/Out)||$30|
|Lower Half Waist||$30|
|Lower Full Waist||$54|
Suit Alterations services cost vary depending on the particular level of tailoring skills and the level of expertise requiring to accomplish properly the alteration.
The greater the level of complexity, degree of craftsmanship and time required to perform the alterations, the greater the cost.
It’s also important to know whether the suit alterations can or can’t be done. We can do a lot, but we can’t fix everything.
Final Thought & Suit Alterations Guarantee
A couple of alterations can make a huge difference to the overall look and the trick is to buy a suit that is close to the ideal fit to minimize the work that needs to be done. However, when the alteration is done properly it’s always money well spent as it will make you look and feel great.
Not all alterations and tailoring services are cheap, and some may not even be worth it. In that case, we need to see the suit on you, so we can give you the best solution and of course, the consultation for all the kind of clothing repair is free of charge.
At Nadia Lef in Toronto, we specialize in high-quality men’s alterations and suit repairs. To give you peace of mind that your altered suit will be exactly as you envisioned, we offer a satisfaction guarantee and will ensure that your garment will be altered again for free if you’re not happy with the result.
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