Suit Alterations for Off the Rack Suits Recommendations?
I tend to be able to fit in off the rack suits pretty nicely, but co ordinating my groomsman so far has been a real pain.
Each one of them (naturally) are a different size/shape. I have one groomsman that goes in a suit jacket size as small as 36R and the biggest being 42R
We obviously will need some suit alterations to get us all to fit into the same style of suit in our respective sizes, but I was wondering what would the best approach be?
For example, should I try to get maybe a larger suit size and then "alter down"? Some groomsman have larger legs then the standard OTR suit and while the jacket fits, the pants are tight on the legs. I was thinking maybe buying a larger suit then "shrinking it" through alterations. So the pants would be looser, but the jacket may be a smidge loose.
Or alternatively, if I bought a proper fitting jacket and the pants are tight, can tailors "let it out" or "alter up"? I understand that it depends on the amount of material that is available in the pants, but just generally speaking was curious if its better to alter "up" or "down" in sizing?
I figure if theres more material, its easier to "shrink it". If theres no existing material, then it would be impossible to add material that doesnt exist
Is it better to buy a proper fitting jacket, with tighter pants and then hope to be able to alter the pants to fit? Or is it better to buy a looser pair of pants and then shrinking the jacket down?
Just trying to figure out the most ideal scenario in terms of difficulty/cost and time....
Also if anyone has any tailor recommendations in the GTA area that would be greatly appreciated as well.