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    Getting An Overcoat Tailored

    I know we talk a lot about getting clothes tailored on here, and I don't simply want to repeat old conversations, but I want your opinions on getting overcoats altered.

    Basically, I have inherited this beautiful navy, cashmere, double breasted, calf-length overcoat. It's a really nice piece, but it just feels a bit big, even when worn over my suit jacket. The shoulders are ok, but the rest of it is a bit baggy, and maybe even a bit long.

    Is this the sort of thing a tailor could alter without ruining the look of the thing? And more "tailored" should an overcoat be?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I saw my tailor talking to a client about tailoring his motorbike leathers, the leather looked an inch thick!

    If you have a beautiful coat that can benefit from a few adjustments, I'd take it along.
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    You could certainly get it altered, be careful about altering the length however as taking too much will completely change the look of the coat; always remember that off the peg tailoring is cut from a particular pattern, it was therefore meant to work the way it was made, not in some hugely transformed state and whilst we might be able to get away with slimming down, altering some of the major features carries quite a lot of risk for not a lot of difference.

    Also bear in mind when having it taken in that it is an overcoat (you have already recognised this I know) so it shouldn't be properly slim fitting, you want it to retain the classic style.

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    Thanks Will - you've picked up on my concerns really - I don't want to alter the look drastically, just to update it a bit, and have it suit me a bit better.

    I think, in terms of alterations, maybe less is more in this instance

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    I would definitely stick to the bare minimum; just enough to get it to fit well.

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    Resurrecting an old thread cause I can't be bothered to start a new one.....


    So I got a really good deal on an AS overcoat on eBay, it fits me well in the upper body (I'm only wearing a t shirt in the picture, but can comfortably fit a knit underneath), but being a short arse I think it's a bit too long:


    I really like the coat, and having tried loads on it's quite clear I'm not gonna find one the right length that also fits my upper body. So I'm thinking of getting a couple of inches taken off the length. Anyone got any experience of this, or advice? Or just think I'm mad? All opinions welcome.

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    I've had my Selected Overcoat tailored and apart from the coat hanging awkwardly when I only button the middle button. Its fine when I do the top 2 buttons, and it fits better and suits me being short. Go for it.

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    Coat looks nice as it is tbh.

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    Looks fine to me man, should be easy to make shorter tho if you want to

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    Cheers gents, I think I need to try it on with a few more fits, I'll post some up when I get the time.

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