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What to Know When Buying a Jacket for Tailoring November 23, 2017

New York, New York
What to Know When Buying a Jacket for Tailoring, New York, New York

Custom tailoring is the best way to ensure a jacket will fit you perfectly and look great. But even if you’re planning on alterations from the beginning, you still need to pay attention to the way the garment fits off the rack. Some changes are easier to make than others, and if you want the finished product to fit well, you need to give your professional tailor all the help you can.

A Guide to Selecting a Jacket for Tailoring

Go Big 

It’s a good idea to get a jacket which is as close to your measurements as possible—but if you have to choose between a size up and one down, go large. It is much easier to take the jacket in and trim away extra fabric than to expand it.

Ensure the Shoulders Fit

TailoringTailoring the shoulders is one of the most difficult alterations you can make to a jacket; that’s where fit is most essential. Make sure it’s not too tight or too loose across the upper back. You should be able to move within the jacket’s close fit. 

Watch for a Collar Gap

Similarly, a garment that doesn’t fit right at the neck will leave a gap between the jacket and shirt collar. This is another difficult issue to fix with tailoring, so watch out for it. Choose an item that lies smoothly in that region.

Watch for rows at the upper back area

Smoothy upper back is always beautiful than rows, and you definitely don’t want to let the rows come cross the shoulder seams on top to show any on front. And normally you will need a fitting to alter this part. 

Check the Sleeve Buttons

Typically, you’ll need your sleeves taken in to the right length, just short enough to show a small amount of the shirt cuffs underneath. If your buttons are only cosmetic, they can be taken off and added back without a fuss. But if your jacket sleeve has an opening and buttonholes, tailor has to shorten your sleeves from shoulder if the bicep area is not tight. Either choose a garment with the right sleeve length or one with cosmetic buttons. Tailors at Wo's Custom Tailoring can make function button holes on your jacket sleeves.

Knowing what to look for before you shop will make alterations easier on your tailor and ensure you have a perfect finished jacket. Pay attention to these essential aspects of fitting, and let your professional handle the rest.


Wo’s Custom Tailoring in New York City is the place to go for high-end clothing and custom alterations. Wo has studied tailoring since the 1960s and built on his decades of experience, creating and altering custom suits, shirts, and wedding gowns. To make a reservation, contact the shop today at (212) 988-9889, or send a request online.

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