Money Well Spent: An Alterations Price Guide

I’m often asked how much it costs to get a suit – or other basic menswear items – tailored. The answer? Well, it depends. Alterations and tailoring services vary depending on the tailor, their location and the quality of their services.

However, if one thing is certain, it’s that the cost associated with alterations is always money well spent.

Here is a general price list for common suit jacket/blazer, pants and shirt alterations.

Suit Jacket Alterations

Shorten/Lengthen Sleeves: $60

Shorten/Lengthen Sleeves (with functioning button holes): $150

Let Out/Take In Side Seams: $65

Let Out/Take In Back Seam: $55

Shorten Jacket: $75

Reduce Shoulders: $160

Reline Jacket: $200

Replace Pocket Linings: $25

Replace/Tighten Button: $2-5

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Suit Pants Alterations

Hem: $10

Hem with Cuff: $20

Taper Leg (Two Seam): $30

Taper Leg (Four Seam): $60

Adjust Waist/Seat: $25

Replace Zipper: $25

Add Hem Guard: $25

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Shirt Alterations

Add Darts: $15

Taper Sides (Serged): $25

Taper Sides (French Seams): $45

Shorten Shirt Tails: $25

Shorten Sleeves: $25

Move Collar Button: $5

My favorite story of the “money well-spent” aspect of suit alterations is the story of my vintage Yves Saint Laurent three-piece suit. I found it in an LA consignment shop and though it didn’t fit me perfectly – the pants were classic 1970s wide and the jacket sleeves were a little long and wide as well – I knew that I wouldn’t take much for my tailor Earle to whip it into shape.

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The suit’s main “selling point” for me was that the shoulders fit immaculately. (N.B. Reducing a suit jacket’s shoulders is major surgery. I would never buy a suit or blazer – vintage or otherwise – if the shoulders didn’t fit. It’s simply not worth the hassle, expense, or potential headache if it doesn’t come out right.) So at $250, it was a steal.

So $150 in alterations later, I had a suit that I’d say I’ve gotten more than my money out of.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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