Alterations and Tailoring Make the Man

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. – Mark Twain."

Old Mark had it right, properly fitting garments in good repair send a non verbal message to the world that impact our ability to make friends and influence people. Properly, custom fitted garments not only make a difference in how you look to others, but how you feel about yourself when you wear the garment. Few if any of us are the ‘typical’ dimensions clothing manufacturers follow. If you want a perfect fit, you must have the garment fitted to your body – perfectly. At J’s our staff of expert tailors are trained to handle your entire garment fit and repair needs. From the simple repair of an open seam or replacement of an invisible zipper to the reconstruction of a suit that is a full size too big, you can trust a J’s tailor to consistently handle your requests quickly and perfectly. Our couture quality tailors can even take care of your entire bridal parties’ alteration needs as well. We have many years of experience handling designer gowns. We guarantee you they will be perfectly altered, pressed and ready to go on time. See our Bridal Section for details

What is a perfect fit?

  • A perfect fit begins by having the garment fitted while you are wearing the chosen shoes, undergarments and accessories (ex. Shirt, shell or sweater) you plan on using with the garment.

  • For a man’s suit, the fit of the jacket, especially across the chest and shoulders, is critical. Standing with your arms relaxed at your sides, the lapels should be rounded but flat (no gaps), the buttons should lie easily across your stomach (no pulling) and your bicep should just break the drape of the sleeve from the shoulder, with shoulder and sleeve seam resting squarely and evenly.

  • Your shirt cuff should protrude no more than ¼ to ½ inch from the jacket sleeve and the shirt collar should be ½ to 1 inch above the jacket collar, which should lie flat.

  • Your pants should rest lightly at your natural waistline (or if you have washboard abs the top of your hipbone). The length should be hemmed to touch your shoes’ uppers and to brush the top of the heel at the back, giving you either a half or full break in the front.

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