Four Alterations That Can Transform Your Old Suit
One question we often get asked is:
Can we do alterations on suits that weren’t made by King & Allen?
The answer: yes!
We are more than happy to do alterations to a wide-range of garments. Here is our guide to the top four suit-alterations and why you need them in your life!
Nothing can ruin the lines of a really good suit more than sleeves that are the wrong length. Luckily, we can help. Take a look at this video, for more guidance on what the ideal length is. The jacket sleeve should sit at the break in your wrist, showing about 1cm of shirt cuff, when your hands are down by your sides. This gives the effect of framing and perfectly-balancing the suit.
Our highly-skilled team of in-house tailors can perform these alterations. We can either shorten from the cuff and move the buttons along or, if the buttonholes are working, we can shorten from the shoulders, so that the buttons can remain where they are.
When we talk about the length of trousers, you may hear the term ‘break.’ The break refers to the fold in the cloth as the trouser hits the top of your shoe. Ideally, we like to see just one break, with the trousers hitting the top of your shoe heel at the back and covering the tongue at the front.
People have a variety of preferences when it comes to the length of their trousers, with some preferring to have no break at all, so that the hem sits above the shoe. Whatever your sartorial inclination, we can offer you advice on what would suit you best.
Styles change and so do our tastes. You may have a pair of classically-wide trousers languishing in the back of your wardrobe, because they are looking a bit dated. One way to modernise your wide-fit trousers is to have them tapered into a narrower, more modern silhouette. Tapering often involves shortening as well, as the trousers will sit slightly higher.
We’ll be able to advise on the right amount of tapering, so that the trousers don’t end up looking too tight or modish.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a form of medieval torture! Many off-the-peg suits can be quite formless in shape. To get a more individualised look, we can suppress the waist of your jacket.
This involves creating more of a ‘v’ shape, so that the jacket cinches in slightly at the waist, instead of hanging formlessly from your shoulders! Our tailors can advise you on where to make the alterations and how much would need to be taken in. Remember, we want the jacket to be form-fitting, not breathtakingly tight!