AcademicClothesFilter: MetaFilter, help me (20ish dude) find a store that sells awesome tweed or professorial-like sportscoats/jackets! I am a beginning academic who hates suits, but soon I will start to teach and go to conferences and will need to "look the part." Thus, I need to update my wardrobe with something thematically between "formal" and "wannabe hipster causal." The hitch is: I am sort-of built like a linebacker, with a very broad chest and very wide shoulders but with a not-quite-commensurately-large bottom torso, and thus sizing can often be an issue for me (i.e., getting more fabric "up top" in generic sizes ends up with billowing fabric down below). Is there any store that sells hot to trot professorial tweed that might fit someone with my body build? Or will I need to get a loose fit and then get it tailored? (Is that... what tailoring is?).
posted by Keter
on Nov 28, 2013 -
Obviously I can bring my wool coat back to the tailor who originally made alterations to the sleeves. I'm just wondering if I will look like a jerk for doing so. Also wondering what I'll be charged. $0 doesn't seem right, but paying $80 again feels wrong, too. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing
on Oct 25, 2013 -
I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast
on Sep 15, 2013 -
This otherwise perfect second-hand suit I just bought has a few tiny white (threadbare?) spots near the bottom of the jacket. I want to wear it to an interview on Wednesday. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I have an odd body shape, even for a woman of East Asian descent. I basically look like a rectangle.
What is the best way for me to get measured in the UK for a custom wedding dress that I am ordering online?
Is there a tailor in the UK that will take my measurements without me having to order something from said tailor? I am willing to pay a reasonable fee for their time and expertise. Is there someone in the London/Cambridgeshire area that you can recommend?
More details inside. [more inside]
posted by the_wintry_mizzenmast
on Aug 13, 2013 -
For reasons mostly ridiculous, I am seeking a royal blue suit. Not just any royal blue suit, as I can find several of the zoot suit or boxy variety. What I'm wanting is a royal blue suit, either of the four-button ilk or the slim one-button type. In other words, this one pictured here
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posted by grabbingsand
on Jun 8, 2013 -
I've noticed that the bog-standard off the rack/department store menswear items (button-up shirts, slacks, etc) from UK brands bought in the UK tends to fit me wildly better then their counterparts in the US. I have to alter them a lot less and they just hang off my body better. I'm wondering if there's a technical/fashion-nerd reason for this and if so, what should I be looking for in the US department store brands to get this same effect? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Mar 3, 2013 -
What's the most cost-efficient way to hem and dart my shirts? What kind of sewing machine fits my urge to adjust clothing? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Nov 23, 2012 -
Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger
on Nov 18, 2012 -
Please help me find online shops or etsy designers that sell dresses with unusual modern tailoring: structure and draping, weird necklines, etc. Solid, neutral, cotton/jersey/wool preferred. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on Jul 9, 2012 -
I have jeans that fit great but are far more baggy than I'd like below the knees. Can the lower leg portion of pants be made more slim-fitting? Also, if anyone has recommendations for affordable but quality tailors in San Francisco who could do this, I'd appreciate it.
posted by BuddhaInABucket
on Jun 4, 2012 -
Hi Sewers! I'm just learning how to sew thanks to a new sewing machine and a community college class this summer, but I'd like to develop a specific expertise in alterations and tailoring due to my love of thrifting. There are lots of sewing books out there- is there one that has an especially good chapter on tailoring and altering? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Apr 23, 2012 -
I'm trying to understand the difference between Bespoke and Made-to-Measure. Specifically I'm wondering about Zegna (Ermenegildo Zegna) Made-to-Measure service. [more inside]
posted by the mad poster!
on Sep 3, 2011 -
the right trousers.
I've heard that it's possible to get exact duplicates of items of clothing from Indian sources, and would like to know if anyone has any experience of thus or can recommend anyone. I have two pairs of trousers that I love, fairly distinctive, that I wish I could get duplicates made of. if I can just post them to someone and get copies back by return that would be awesome.
posted by spyke23
on Jul 26, 2011 -
Does anyone have recommendations for a good tailor or seamstress in the Hamilton/Burlington area? [more inside]
posted by janepanic
on Jun 7, 2011 -
I have a dress shirt, the cut of which is perfect. Is it a luxury within the reach of an ordinary middle-class person to pay someone to create a half-dozen replicas of this shirt in different colours / fabrics? Is it something I'd have to outsource, perhaps? Would it be significantly more expensive than simply ordering bespoke shirts made with measurements approximated from original?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot
on Jan 11, 2011 -
What type of fabric is this shirt made from? Nobody at the fabric stores can give me an answer. [more inside]
posted by scrowdid
on Oct 27, 2010 -
I'm interested in learning to make clothing. I'm looking for a book that goes from basic sewing skills to basic garments. Difficulty: for men. [more inside]
posted by usonian
on Sep 1, 2010 -
EthicalBarteringFilter: what should my wife do after a simple but significant labor-for-labor swap took left turn after left turn and wound up getting freaky? [more inside]
posted by mindsound
on Apr 23, 2010 -
At the end of woven straps, makers will put a metal cap to prevent the end from fraying. What is this cap called and where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by iwhitney
on Sep 29, 2009 -
I'd like to buy a new suit. I'd also like to lose a lot of weight. Will the suit still look alright if I lose 60 lbs and have it altered, or should I just wait until I lose the weight? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee
on Aug 19, 2009 -
Make me a Master Tailor: I know how to plug in a sewing machine and use a cloth ruler. Assuming nothing more, where do I begin... [more inside]
posted by Hollowman
on Aug 18, 2008 -
Can anyone recommend an online tutorial or a sewing book on how to tailor button-down dress shirts for women? [more inside]
posted by sLevi
on Sep 17, 2007 -
Making my own suits and shirts. I'd like to learn to create my own clothing (I'm a guy), particulary suits, shirts and sport coats. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Nov 27, 2006 -
I am looking for an excellent tailor in either Hoi An or Bankok that would be able to custom tailor a new wardrobe for me via the internet. [more inside]
posted by rubyeyo
on Nov 20, 2006 -
My boyfriend wants to experiment with designing menswear - both casual and formal (he's had experience sewing wedding dresses). Looking for: [more inside]
posted by ao4047
on Aug 9, 2006 -
It would be great if people could share their favourite suppliers/retailers/tailors for affordable, quality shirts. I'm talking about shirts which are either interesting, different or vintage. I'd be especially keen on those with detachable collars - this was in fact the reason for my asking the question. [more inside]
posted by dance
on Jul 17, 2006 -
Does anyone know of seamstresses/tailors in or around Boston that do good work on wedding dresses? My fiance needs to get a wedding dress she bought altered, but isn't having any luck. Given the nature of wedding dresses, she doesn't want to just try some random place.
posted by JonahBlack
on Oct 6, 2005 -
How do I stop my suit trousers wearing out so quickly? The area between thighs always seems to pill up and eventually wear out, especially on pure wool suits. [more inside]
posted by viama
on Feb 11, 2005 -
Wow, this is like popcorn. OK then.
All youse New Yorkers: anybody recommend a decent tailor? This is for some detail work. My wife got this amazing Vivienne Tam skirt at a secondhand store in the East Village, which needs to be taken in a little, and the fabric is like neoprene. She doesn't feel right just bringing it in to the local drycleaner/tailor/laundry, and I can't say I blame her.
posted by adamgreenfield
on Jan 10, 2004 -