The jacket looks a tad tight no?On a separate note (and please forgive me if this is a stupid question): I recently purchased a houndstooth jacket for a cut down price but it was one size bigger for me (I'm 38R but the jacket is 40R). I want to get it altered but was hesitant as I seem to think the pockets will become too low? Can a tailor alter the body of a jacket to make it fit better?
I really like this one.
Anonymous,Considering that the jacket is only one size bigger, it is more likely that you would be able to get it adjusted successfully than if it was two sizes bigger. The key thing a tailor will look for is whether he can conjure any shape from the jacket. The second point to consider is that adjustments might make a jacket look a little ridiculous - your point about the pockets is particularly pertinent here. I imagine that your tailor will need to take the jacket in a couple of inches on each side, remove maybe an inch and a half on the sleeve and, perhaps, deconstruct the sleeves to take the shoulders in. I imagine that he'll need to take at least an inch off the length. This is something I have had done before and has not set the pockets too low; when I once had two inches taken off a jacket, I took to wearing the pocket flaps INSIDE the pockets only to keep the illusion of distance between the hem and the top of the pocket. If your length reduction is substantial, perhaps you could resort to this too? Low-slung pockets are unattractive but overly long jackets are worse (and far more noticeable as a flaw). W
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