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  • Anyone ever altered a hunt coat?

    I just purchased a pretty RJ Classics hunt coat for a good deal. I got it today and it is too big! All I have ever worn is Grand Prix so I took a gamble on the RJ Classics. Anyhow, It fits okay in some places and too big in others. Has anyone ever had good luck in having hunt coasts altered? Tips on what to tell the alterations people? I really like this coat and want to be able to show in it. TIA
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    I had my mom alter a poor fitting coat once. But, as it turns out, no amount of altering could fix it. Maybe take the tailor a picture of how a good hunt coat should fit. That may help.
    "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong

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    • #3
      I've had a bunch altered over the years - never had a problem doing that and the coats all fit so much better after. As a kid, I always had mine custom made though don't remember really why as none of my sisters were custom and we were all basically the same size. Just make sure you can find a good tailor who knows what they are doing. If they aren't familiar w/ hunt coats I'd highly suggest bringing in a catalog like Smartpak or Dover or from some place that shows at least a few different ones so they can get an idea of how they are supposed to look.
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        #4
        Ugh, I have just moved to a new town, so I am unsure of tailors here. I guess if I can't find a good tailor then I will have to trade it or sell it so I can get one that fits. I would much rather it be altered though.
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        • #5
          How much can they be altered? I have had the waist taken in and simple things like that but what about one that is just too big all over? I have one I love but it's huge .
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          • #6
            I have had DD's taken in at the waist when it was too boxy and also have had sleeves on many hunt coats lengthened as she has long arms. We have a dry cleaner that has a very good seamstress working for them and she has always done a great job.

            If you are in a new town I would check with a local dry cleaners that is more upscale and may have a tailor that works for them.

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            • #7
              Hey Emily!

              I have had a Grand Prix altered that was too big in the waist. I just wore it into the tailor and had then pin it to fit while it was on me. I them was able to move like I was riding (which I am sure was entertaining) and make sure it would work. No problems with it as of yet! Let me know if you want to drive up to Dallas and I can give you the name of a great alterations place.

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                I've changed the inside liner of a coat by the cleaners because of holes where the armpits go. Guess I just have too powerful of sweat.

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                  Originally posted by DallasES View Post
                  Hey Emily!

                  I have had a Grand Prix altered that was too big in the waist. I just wore it into the tailor and had then pin it to fit while it was on me. I them was able to move like I was riding (which I am sure was entertaining) and make sure it would work. No problems with it as of yet! Let me know if you want to drive up to Dallas and I can give you the name of a great alterations place.
                  Hey Elizabeth!

                  Would love to make the drive to Dallas if I wasn't all the way in BFE, Kingsville. Im thinking that I could drive back home to SC and go to the Tack Room before I could make it to Dallas . I MISS the Tack Room!

                  I am so used to my Grand Prix coats that I was not sure what to expect with the RJ's. I just got a new GP yesterday too. Its really pretty. It will look good with my black/brown gelding.

                  BTW my mom is making the trip out here in Aug to see me.
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                    Originally posted by FAW View Post
                    I've changed the inside liner of a coat by the cleaners because of holes where the armpits go. Guess I just have too powerful of sweat.
                    Haha that's funny. Maybe its not the sweat, its just a lot of cantering and jumping arm movements.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by vbunny View Post
                      How much can they be altered? I have had the waist taken in and simple things like that but what about one that is just too big all over? I have one I love but it's huge .
                      It depends a bit on how MUCH too big it is, but in general, that should be possible. However, it might not be cost effective as what you're asking them to do in that case is basically sew you a coat from scratch, since they'll have to take it entirely apart, re-cut, and then re-sew. You'd have to ask for quotes.

                      Also, anyone getting it tailored by someone who isn't familiar with the fit - if you have an old coat that fits you the way you like (even if it's worn in places or stained or whatever) take that also, and let them see how it looks on you. Heck, even leave it if they want to be able to compare measurements from old to new. But sometimes the visual of how it should look on you is very helpful.

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                      • #12
                        I have had a number of coats altered. For the simpler alterations (taking in an inch or two) I'll use the drycleaner, who's done a fantastic job in the past. For the trickier ones I'll use the lady who makes my (and the rest of my barn's) custom coats. Works out pretty well!

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                        • #13
                          Is it way too big? I ask because GP does riding sizes (0-2 = 8) and RJ does street sizes (8 = 8). So if you wear a 10 in GP, you wear a 4 in RJ. BIG difference!

                          Things can be altered that much, but almost no one does it because it gets terribly expensive. Around here? Waist, sleeves, shoulders, hem, maybe buttons moved and collar cut down? $150 - 300, depending on the place.

                          You might be better off selling and looking for a different coat. It will be either very expensive to fix or end up looking "off" or worse, both.
                          Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, / And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, / Do not go gentle into that good night. -- Dylan Thomas

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                            I've had both of my coats tailored, one of which was a RJ Classic. The lady that I had do mine specializes in riding apparel, but she said any good tailor should know how a coat should fit. Make sure you wear a show shirt under the jacket when you go to have it altered. If you have a well fitting coat, bring it with you so you can show the tailor how you want it to fit. They'll have you try it on and basically pin up all the areas you want to have altered. It's a really simple thing that shouldn't be a big deal for a good tailor, if they do make it out to be a big deal, RUN.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GGsuperpony View Post
                              Things can be altered that much, but almost no one does it because it gets terribly expensive. Around here? Waist, sleeves, shoulders, hem, maybe buttons moved and collar cut down? $150 - 300, depending on the place.
                              REALLY?? WOW! Around here it's more like $30-50...

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Across Sicily View Post
                                REALLY?? WOW! Around here it's more like $30-50...
                                I think the $150+ was for many alterations (waist, sleeves, hem, etc.) in which case $150+ wouldn't be at all unreasonable for a quality job, as it simply takes time to do things properly, even if you're good at it. I mean, if you're taking in something that's *much* too big, you're basically asking them to just sew you a custom coat using the fabric in the one you've brought - how much would you expect to pay for a custom coat?

                                $30-50 sounds more reasonable for something like just altering the hem or moving the buttons a bit, though.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by ERollison View Post
                                  Im thinking that I could drive back home to SC and go to the Tack Room before I could make it to Dallas . I MISS the Tack Room!
                                  If you're going to be in Camden, you should check out the alteration place directly in front of The Tack Room. I believe the name is Wanda's, or something along those lines. Judy, from TTR, told me that they do most of the horse apparel in our area. She did a fantastic job with my RJ Classic, I definitely recommend her. Good luck
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by kdow View Post
                                    I think the $150+ was for many alterations (waist, sleeves, hem, etc.) in which case $150+ wouldn't be at all unreasonable for a quality job, as it simply takes time to do things properly, even if you're good at it. I mean, if you're taking in something that's *much* too big, you're basically asking them to just sew you a custom coat using the fabric in the one you've brought - how much would you expect to pay for a custom coat?

                                    $30-50 sounds more reasonable for something like just altering the hem or moving the buttons a bit, though.
                                    That makes sense when you put it that way.

                                    For what it's worth, I paid $20 to have a jacket taken in about an inch on each side all the way up and down the jacket. I can't say I've ever had the ENTIRE thing altered... most it was was taking in in a couple places, putting sleeves up a bit and making them smaller, and letting out the bust slightly.

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                                    • #19
                                      To completely resize a coat, from say a RJ 8 to a GP8, it's probably more cost and trouble than it's worth, because the entire coat would have to be taken apart and resized.

                                      I've adjusted sleeves myself with very little effort, and had a waist taken in by a good local tailor with no problem at all.
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                                      • #20
                                        If you are anywhere near a military base find out where they take uniforms for alterations. I personally like finding the Korean tailors... they do a phenomenal job and I have always had good prices. The lady who altered my last GP coat for me pinned it, had me move around, readjusted some pins and told me to come back in two days. You would never know that any alteration had been done... it was perfect!
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