I bought this adorable Moto Jacket at Banana Republic Factory a few weeks ago. They only had a regular, not a petite, but I tried it on anyways. (I strongly recommend that curvy, petite women try on jackets that hit at hip length even if they aren't a petite cut. Often, you will only have to shorten the sleeves.) The price was so good (it was 50% off)! Everything fit perfectly except the sleeves...they were about 2 inches too long. Normally, shortening jacket sleeves cost about $20, but since there was a zipper at the end of the sleeve, I knew the tailor was not going to be happy. (They hate replacing zippers, and when a tailor is unhappy, your wallet will be unhappy.) I took the jacket anyway, knowing that I could return it if the alterations cost got too high. However, when I got to the tailor she had a great idea: just add a seam and shorten it that way! It's a great idea for moto or motorcycle style jackets because they usually have seams on the sleeves, so the style was maintained. Plus she only charged me $25!. What do you think?
Don't miss out on the perfect jacket because the sleeves are too long! Take it to your tailor. Shortening jacket sleeves is an inexpensive, low risk tailoring job.
"After" pictureI don't have a "before" picture, but this is what it looks like afterwards. You can barely see the seam!
Peace, Love and Tailoring :)
- Merrie K.
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