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    Can leather be tailored?

    I have a decent leather jacket, nothing super expensive, but I like it. The issue is that it's really big at the waist. Fits great at the shoulders, but it's like a tent, and that's compounded now that I've lost 20 pounds or so.

    Has anyone had any leather goods altered? I am in the process of switching tailors, my last one was decent for hemming and altering shirts, but I had her taper some pants and was very disappointed with the results. Once I get with the new guy I will ask, but I just wanted to know from the community here what I can expect, if it is even feasible.

    I could always sell it and get a new one, but my wardrobe budget is just about tapped out.

    #2
    Yes, but you have to go to a specialist. An ordinary alterations tailor won't have the right equipment (and probably expertise) for leather.

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      #3
      This is going to sound crazy, but you can wet the leather that you want to shrink (soak that area) and then let it air dry for a few days. It will shrink the area that you soaked. Google for "leather jacket in washing machine". I have a 10-year-old leather jacket that my wife bought that was a size too big (I lost weight). I threw the whole thing into the washing machine and it shrank about a half size.

      It was risky but I figured I wasn't going to wear it if it didn't fit anyway. I would rather try this than get something tailored.

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        #4
        Originally posted by theplayerking View Post
        Yes, but you have to go to a specialist. An ordinary alterations tailor won't have the right equipment (and probably expertise) for leather.
        Correct. I looked into having my leather jacket done. My coworkers dad works at Nieman's tailor doing suits for Greenspan and Under Armour CEOs. He said take to a specialist. Usually the cost is high he warned me of.

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          #5
          This new tailor I plan on visiting tomorrow is a "Master Tailor" for whatever that is worth. I figure he'll have a good idea on what can be done. If it's crazy expensive maybe I'll try the water thing. I would spend maybe 100 bucks to have it altered though, I figure that's better than selling for pennies on the dollar and then turning around and trying to buy a new one that fits perfectly (does anything really fit perfectly? it usually doesn't for me).

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            #6
            Originally posted by Kooky View Post
            This is going to sound crazy, but you can wet the leather that you want to shrink (soak that area) and then let it air dry for a few days. It will shrink the area that you soaked. Google for "leather jacket in washing machine". I have a 10-year-old leather jacket that my wife bought that was a size too big (I lost weight). I threw the whole thing into the washing machine and it shrank about a half size.

            It was risky but I figured I wasn't going to wear it if it didn't fit anyway. I would rather try this than get something tailored.
            I've seen this work before. I've also seen it fail. Make sure the jacket is actual leather, not imitation or you will be left with a cotton jacket and no "leather" left.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Alpha King View Post
              This new tailor I plan on visiting tomorrow is a "Master Tailor" for whatever that is worth. I figure he'll have a good idea on what can be done. If it's crazy expensive maybe I'll try the water thing. I would spend maybe 100 bucks to have it altered though, I figure that's better than selling for pennies on the dollar and then turning around and trying to buy a new one that fits perfectly (does anything really fit perfectly? it usually doesn't for me).
              By all means ask, but it’s a completely different technique from tailoring wool and cotton. Leather requires a different types of needles—and often a different type of machine. Many “master tailors” won’t even do denim.

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                #8
                I'm saying this tailor has probably been around the block enough times to suggest a good specialist to tackle the job.

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                  #9
                  Also remember that leather is a skin, so you can't "undo" anything you try tailoring-wise. It will have holes from the needles.

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                    #10
                    Just got back from the tailor. He is confident he can suppress the waist 6" and the chest 4". $100. I would have dropped it off with him but I already had some other stuff that really needed to be altered and the bill was mounting up. I will probably get this done next month and post some pics.

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