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Tailored Jersey?(7 posts)

Tailored Jersey?moo2
Dec 2, 2003 8:50 PM
Does anyone know if it's possible to have a jersey's fit altered by a tailor? I'm a skinny guy, and over the years I've been suckered into buying quite a few jerseys that are just plain too big to fit me properly. They're really nice, new jerseys, some of which have never been worn.

For one reason or another I can't return the jerseys, so instead of gaining a bunch of weight, I was thinking of taking them to the tailor shop and having them altered to fit me. Has anyone else done this? I don't know if it's even possible with the material (I flunked home ec.), but figured it's worth a try.

Any experiences to relate?
it's doable,Drone 5200
Dec 2, 2003 9:47 PM
but you have to be sure to take the italian team jersey's to an italian tailor.

any old tailor can do the french team stuff.
Of course you canAlexx
Dec 3, 2003 5:21 AM
Being fairly tall, I've often found that L jerseys don't have the length I need, and XL jerseys are made for guys with guts. So I get out my mom's old Pfaff sewing machine and alter the side seams, using a good quality polyester thread. It really isn't hard to do.
no problematerry b
Dec 3, 2003 6:33 AM
I've got the same problem - depending on the MFGR I often fit right in between a large and a medium and I'm reluctant to ride around in what appears to be a hot air balloon envelope

Had two jerseys tucked in this week, by my lovely wife. It took her all of 10 minutes and said it was very easy - pulled out the side hems and brought them in. Now I have a nice european cut and a waist to boot. Some can be a challenge though depending on the positioning of the rear pockets and any writing on the side.
The problem is...mpm32
Dec 3, 2003 7:52 AM
...most jerseys that you get in the catalogs or even at your LBS are "Club Cut". These are cut more generously around the middle. "Race Cut" is what you want if you are skinny. Think of fitted dress shirts. The fitted shirt is wider on top and tapers down to the waist - this is Race Cut. Club Cut is like reverse fitted. Next time you go shopping ask if the jersey is Club or Racer cut.
was aware of thatterry b
Dec 3, 2003 8:22 AM
But sometimes I just have to have that certain one, and it only comes as it comes. Santini, Exte Ondo and Nalini for example, do not offer both cuts (at least that I am aware of.)

The other problem is that many makers are now designing their wares to meet the needs of the ever-growing American middle section. I used to be a large (based on shoulders) and now I'm a medium with some vendors. So, while I continue to shrink, America continues to grow and I'm left with the need for modifications.

The fitted shirt is a great analogy, and by virture of being married to someone with consumate sewing skills, that's now what I have.
Interesting pointDropped
Dec 3, 2003 1:10 PM
For years I wore XL t-shirts, because of shoulders and body length, not girth. Now I fit fine in a Large. I was worried I was shrinking, but it makes sense that sizes are increasing to hold the ever fattening American.