Lieut Kaffee wrote:Does my tailor suck?
Just went to Jos A Bank because the suits I ordered last week came in. Given that wearing unaltered is generally portrayed ITT as the mother of all faux pas, I went in expecting to get the suit altered. This is especially true because I'm considerably more narrow than average.
I put on the first suit and the tailor looked me over. She quickly determined the jacket didn't need any altering. I gave an inquisitive look and asked a few probing questions, i.e. "It looks good in the shoulders?" and "The sides don't need to come in or anything?" She dismissed them quickly. The jacket is a 38R and, in her defense, is a "tailored fit" style. Maybe I'm just build like the prototypical thin person with regular length arms?
As I mentioned somewhere else in this thread, be wary of when in-store tailors say things like the bolded. They often say that no matter how ill-fitting the suit is because they know that 90% of their clientele do not want to go through the hassle of getting their suit altered and will not buy the suit if they have to get it altered. This is especially true at a store like Bank which probably has a lot of people coming in who are not regular suit-wearers who don't want to wear a suit but need it for some specific reason.
It's possible that your tailor was right and it didn't need any work done, but I'd be wary. Maybe ask an independent tailor, or hell even post a picture here (blocking out the face would be wise though).
EDIT: Read post a bit wrong. It's usually the salesman
who say things like that. I'd still be a bit cautious, but much less reason to worry if you've actually already expressed you wanted alterations.