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Date: 6/4/12 8:29 PM

My son lost a few pounds, all in his belly, so now he needs his suits taken in a bit. The pants were easy to do, but I've never done alterations to a suit coat.

I'm assuming I can just open up the hem and taper from armscye to waist along back side seams. Does this sound correct? Two of the coats have side vents...does this interfere with alterations?

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Date: 6/4/12 9:43 PM

Hello,
If he has side vents, then the best place to take in would be the center seam in the back. And yes, open up the lining down at the hem to turn the coat inside out.

You will have to take in the lining too. And after you open up the seams, press them flat before you turn the coat right side out so everything lays nice and flat. Don't cut out any excess seam allowance.

Tailoring a mans suit is so much nicer than working on womens clothes! : )

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Date: 6/5/12 1:04 AM

Sewme47 - You don't need to go through the hem as mens tailored jackets usually have a sleeve opening - check the lining in sleeves an you should find a section that can be unpicked for access to all areas. Do your alteration to the furthermost section first if you have to alter several seams. I would choose seams without complications if possible - avoid the vents or pleats etc. They key is smooth sewing when blending the old seam line with the new, so make sure you sew exactly on top of the old before veering off (very gradually) to the new. Good luck! Rita

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Date: 6/5/12 11:34 AM

Thank you so much, ladies! This is really helpful information :)

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Date: 6/5/12 9:57 PM

In a man's suit jacket, the lining is usually sewn all the way around the armholes, so you won't get into the body of the suit that way. And you want to be able to turn it inside out so that you can sew the seams and open them up to be pressed flat. Then just tack the lining shut at the hem after turning right side out.

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Date: 6/6/12 10:11 AM

You are so right. about the mens' sleeves being different. So sorry if I confused the issue - my mistake - I obviously do too many women's jackets!

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