The LFW Glossary of suit alteration services...

The Cut

  • To improve the fit of a suit the tailors will pin the jacket so that they can open and close the seams restitching any excess fabric so that it fits perfectly.
  • Take in fabric from the side seams o that the waist can be defined enough to show off your shape, yet still have a slight flare over the hips.
  • Remove the ripple of excess fabric from the back neck area by opening the neck and shoulder seams (‘Square Back Neck’).
  • Take in the drape across the upper back
  • Reduce the overall size of a jacket by taking in from the center back seam.
  • Reline jacket.

Collar and Gorge

  • Moderation is key when it comes to a good English suit. English suits tend to have a higher gorge which means that less shirt is visible. If you’re concerned about the shape of the collar area call us for a fitting and we can see about tidying up lapels so they are not too excessive.


  • If the shoulders of your jacket are protruding we can chip them in for a neater fit and add or remove pads to define or soften the silhouette.


  • The top of the sleeve where it meets the shoulder is called the crown. If the sleeves of your jacket are too long we will always take them up from the crown so that any unique cuff detail is not disturbed.
  • Replace coat lining


  • Double breasted suits add width, single breasted suits make the wearer appear taller and slimmer. Three button suits add width to the chest, two button suits draw attention to the waist while a one button suit is simple and stylish. With so many different styles to choose from it can be difficult to settle on the style that suits your body shape. If you have found the perfect suit but have fallen out of love with the buttons, come in for a consultation and we can exchange them for something more appropriate. Also, if the jacket has sham cuffs and you’d like working button holes we can re-alter your jacket so it works for you.

Coat Length

  • Traditionally, a suit jacket is called a coat and the length should be in proportion to your height. The coat length should be half the distance from the ground and the top of the coat’s collar. If you are worried about the length of your jacket, bring it in for a fitting with one of our experienced tailors.


  • British suits have traditionally been made with slanted pockets because it allowed the wearer to access his pockets with ease when he was on horseback. If would like to replace the lining of your pockets or create a hidden ticket pocket bring your jacket into The London Fashion Work Rooms.


If you feel that your suit trousers no longer sit properly call us to make an appointment with our tailor. Alterations can be any of the following:

  • Lower waist band
  • Take in or let out waist and seat
  • Take in or let out waist, seat and fork
  • Shorten / lengthen with a plain hem
  • Shorten / lengthen with a turn up
  • Add tape to the hems
  • Take in / let out seams
  • Install a front lining
  • Fully line trousers
  • Replace the zip
  • Add brace buttons
  • Add belt loops