I finally had the foresight to take before and after photos of an item I had tailored. I bought this blazer on sale with a gift card from L. L. Bean. List price: $245, sale price: $199, minus gift card plus tax: $88. On the left is what the jacket looked like before. Notice how the shoulders fit nicely (huge factor), but the body is boxy and sags off my torso. The sleeves are also too wide, and it’s hard to tell, but they’re also a touch long. There’s also some extra room in the armpit. Notice too how cluttered the sink is.
On the right, the results of the tailoring are plainly visible. The body was nipped in at the waist, the sleeves were cut out and reshaped around the armpit and shoulder blade, and the sleeves were shortened and tapered. Total cost of tailoring: $115, which brings the cost of the jacket back to the sale price (less than the list price though). When it comes to tailoring, pay to get it right: you’ll thank yourself when you’re taking selfies in the bathroom at your office.
Looks great! And apparently his tailor also does hot shaves?