Tailoring Alterations Guide

Jacket & Coat

Can the shoulders be extended (made larger)?

Can the shoulders be taken-in (made smaller)?

Yes, this means reconstructing the entire jacket shoulders and sides and can take up to 2 days.

Cost: £20 – £50

Can the sleeves be made longer?

In most cases, yes, but only by the amount of fabric that is available on the underside of the sleeve, up to the beginning of the sleeve lining (see pic below). Also keep in mind the if the jacket has working buttons, those holes cut in the fabric cannot be covered or moved. However, we can add a buttonhole or two if necessary to balance the extended sleeved

Cost: £20-30 (extra button hole(s) not included)

Can a suit sleeve be shortened?

Yes, but again, if the buttons on the sleeves are functional, then shortening the sleeve can bring the button holes awkwardly close to the end of the000-N04 sleeve.  Therefore it can only be shortened by ¾’ maximum but if it is more then that We can also shorten the sleeves from shoulders therefore000-N05 original style will remain.

Cost: £15 – £20 (shorten from shoulders £30 – £40)

Can a jacket be let-out (made bigger) in the sides?

More than likely no, because a typical off-the-rack suit comes with very little seam allowance on the sides.

Can a jacket be taken-in (made slimmer) in the sides?

Yes! This one alteration can make a significant improvement in the fit of the jacket and make you look better.

Cost: £20-£30

Can a jacket be made longer?

Can a jacket be made shorter?

Yes, jacket can be shortened, but can be done up to certain point. Balance of the pockets as well as the proportion of the button stance is important.

Cost: £20+

Can the “roll” at the back of my neck be removed?

Cost: ����������������15+

Can jacket sleeves be “opened” (made working)?

Cost: approx £20+

Can lapels on suits/sport coasts can be narrowed?

Yes it can be made narrowed.

Cost: from £40


Trousers & Jeans

Can pleated pants be made flat-front?

Technically, yes, but this involves remaking the entire waistband of the pants, and re-engineering the fit.

Cost: £30+

Can trousers be made shorter?

Yes. It can be shortened

Cost: £9

Can jeans be made shorter without losing the original finish?

Yes. It can be shortened

Cost: £12

Can jeans waist be made smaller without losing the original finish?

Yes. It can be made smaller

Cost: £15+

Can jeans waist be made bigger without losing the original finish?

Yes. It can be made bigger but style might have to be changed

Cost: £18+

Can jeans legs be narrowed(slim fit)?

Yes. It can be made smaller

Cost: £15+



Can a shirt be taken-in (made slimmer)?

Absolutely. It’s a simple cut and sew. Also, the sleeves can be taken in as well.

Cost: £10 body, £10 sleeves

Can shirt sleeves be made longer?

No. (unless you find same fabric then we can take the arms off and make a new longer arm to fit you)

Can shirt sleeves be made shorter?

Yes. The sleeve is removed, fabric is cut, and sleeve is re-attached with all the details.

Cost: £18+

What can be altered on your cloth ?

  1. Alterations can save you money. Knowing what can be done, and what can’t, may end up saving you quite a bit of time and money.  Is the closet full of inherited suits that are too big in the shoulders worth the effort?  Is it worth grabbing that last Zegna blazer on sale that’s just a tad too tight in the torso?  What about the sports jacket that’s two inches too long? And not only can understanding alterations help you make wise purchases, such knowledge can extend the life of your clothing. A tailor can get you back into those pants that have become a bit too snug and save the jacket that’s developed a small tear. You can keep on wearing your best clothes for a fraction of the cost of buying a new wardrobe.


Following alterations can be done by a seamstress;

Simple alterations such as, trousers shortening, zip replacing on jeans/trousers/skirts.  Small repairs.

Anything else should be carried out by professional Tailors.

Following alterations can be done by a professional Tailor;

Jacket/Coat:Chip ShouldersShorten SleevesTaper Sides ( Slim Fit )

Taper Arms

Shorten Sleeves

Lengthen Sleeves

New button hole

Shorten Length


Lapels Narrowed

Trousers/JeansShorten lengthLengthen lengthWaist take in/out

Taper legs

Taper legs & shorten

New zip

Take in/out seat

Reline- New lining

Skirt/DressNew zipTake in/out sides, waistTake up shoulders




LeatherRepairNew zipShorten sleeves

Take in Shoulders

Shorten Length


ShirtTake in sides ( Slim fit )Take in sleevesShorten sleeves

Shorten length

Convert into short sleeves

Change Collars

T-shirtTake in sidesShorten sleevesShorten length
Jumper/CardiganRepairNew zipTake in ( Slim Fit )

Shorten sleeves



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