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Ironing out a suit issue
June 19, 2013 6:43 AM   Subscribe

Just bought a nice suit, but when I brought it home my wife pointed out the lapels were slightly asymmetrical -- one is a bit narrower than the other. The lapels have a gentle roll to them, they aren't sharply creased. So: is it easy/adviseable to coax one of the lapels into laying differently with an iron or other method? If so, how (suit made of Italian wool)? Or best to simply return it?
posted by _sirmissalot_ to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total)
 
Return it. I'm sure the suit cost a pretty penny. Also, why would you pay good money for an imperfect item?

Now, to iron wood, you dampen a lint-free cotton dishtowel and press gently at high heat through the towel into the suit. If you don't the wool could get shiny.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:45 AM on June 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Return it. The store will certainly take it back when you note the issue, and very likely has a tailor on hand that may be able to fix this problem without too much trouble. Do not let them charge you to fix it.
posted by stoneweaver at 6:51 AM on June 19, 2013


Asymmetric lapels are a thing.
posted by flabdablet at 6:56 AM on June 19, 2013


flabdablet: "Asymmetric lapels are a thing."

Not on suits they're not. Return it, and don't let them talk you into some "you can just have a dry cleaner fix it" nonsense.
posted by mkultra at 7:04 AM on June 19, 2013 [7 favorites]


Definitely return it.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 7:07 AM on June 19, 2013


I think that some of the way that the lapels lay isn't just due to the ironing, but the pad stitching that goes into the garment, so it may not be something that you can easily press out - I would vote to return it as well.
posted by needlegrrl at 7:10 AM on June 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


is it easy/adviseable to coax one of the lapels into laying differently with an iron

No and no. Return; post name of supplier so the rest of MetaFilter might avoid?
posted by kmennie at 7:24 AM on June 19, 2013


Could you ask the store to fix it? I'm sure they have someone to do alterations, so maybe they can fix it free of charge.
posted by frizz at 7:44 AM on June 19, 2013


Even if you could fix it why should you have to? I've screwed up things trying to fix them and then had to live with the screwed up item because I was the one that made it non-returnable.

Return; post name of supplier so the rest of MetaFilter might avoid?

Because of one issue with one suit that was minor enough that he didn't notice it in store and actually needed someone else to point it out? Maybe if they don't take it back, but otherwise accidents happen.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:53 AM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


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