UNDERSTANDING ALTERATIONS: SUITS AND SPORT COATS
by S. Charlie Weyman
For clothes to look good, fit is paramount. But clothes rarely fit perfectly off-the-rack. That’s because they’re typically made according to some “average size” imagined by the designer. Since nobody is perfectly average, the fit will often vary a little here and there.
That doesn’t mean off-the-rack clothes can’t fit well, however. Professional pattern makers are highly skilled at what they do, so often all that’s need is a little post-purchase alterations. To get the perfect fit, you only need to know what can be tailored.
So I’m doing a three-part series on alterations to help people judge what should be kept and what should be returned. I’ll start with suits and sport coats.