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Kevin Reylek
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Hi all. My dad recently was in an S&K menswear, where they told him that last year's tuxes are going out for $100 for jacket and pants. A 42r jacket fits me perfectly, but I think I'm going to go with a 44, in order to add some extra inner pockets, possibly a topit, etc. How much bigger do you get your jackets, and why? I've never worked in a tux, I usually work in a vest. Any input is appreciated. Also, if you've installed extra inner pockets, where and what size?

One last bit - the jackets I tried on for sizing had those fake outer coat pockets. The ones with a flap, but no actual pocket. It is a good idea to have pockets installed there?

I appreciate all your feedback.

Kevin Reylek
Ron Reid
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Hi Kevin:

Concerning the fake outer pockets - the pockets are real, but sewn shut. Many formal wear sales people will tell you to keep them sewn shut to keep a crisp looking jacket with no sagging pockets.

Your case is different - if you're going to install a topit, you probably want the pockets opened so you can retrieve things from it.

I don't think I'd try opening the pockets by myself. I'd take it to a tailor; it shouldn't be more than a few dollars.

I hope this helps you.

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Kevin Reylek
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Thanks Ron. Oh, those sneaky, deceptive clothing manufacturers making me think they were fake pockets... as for any alterations/installations, I plan on going to a tailor. We all have the grandmother who sews, and I have a friend who is a fledgling costume designer, but ultimately I think it's well worth it to have a professional tailor dealing with the items that I use to make my living. Thanks for the help!

Kevin Reylek
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As previously said, go to a tailor. As far as size and placement, trial and error are the best method. First try and figure out what will go into the pocket and where you think it should be. As time goes by you will be able to adjust size and location. It will not be correct on the first try but as you replace the clothing, you will have a better idea of how it should be done. It will be a work in progress that gets refined a little at a time.

Keep in mind that the more props you place in the jacket the more weight you are carrying. As time goes by the jacket will be pulled and stretched out of shape. You want to think carefully about this.
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If you buy an oversized jacket, it will look oversized and that is not good. Get one that fits across the shoulders and buttons comfortably in the front (always an issue with me because of my large girth), then be prepared to pay for alterations. A tailor can adjust the jacket length, sleeve length, overall fit, and can remove the little knapsack-like hump at the base of the neck. The tailor can also get the collar to lie flat across your neck so that it doesn't gap.

Properly fitted and altered, your jacket will look custom-made and very, very professional.

I try to find dinner jackets at thrift shops and rummage sales. They are usually barely worn. The alterations are most of the cost of my jackets.

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Landrum, S.C. by way of Chicago
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And don't forget to have the tailor further alter the sleeves by opening the cuffs just a little more. Makes all the difference in the world when working with coins.

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You don't have to spend much money on a tux. I have purchased two new ones off of ebay. One a Pierre Cardin (coat tails) and the other a Oscar DeLarenta for under $40.00. Hope this helps.

Take care,

Bob Sanders
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I'm no tailor. Worse than that I was raised a cowboy. We thought Levi was the cowboys' tailor. I have been in the professional entertainment industry since the late 50s. So there is one thing I will pass on about costumes and the tux in particular. The tux will set the stage faster than most any other costume. It fosters expectation of something special. Look for all wool! Especially around flames, fire and flash it is much safer than almost anything else we wear. Catching on fire is just one risk the show doesn't need.

As an added note, people know how to clean and repair wool that would get themselves into real trouble with other fabrics. If you are on the road, buy real wool. Otherwise, buy at least two complete matching constumes at a time. You will likely need the back up on very short notice. If you work with rabbits, buy extra pants. Rabbits will kick and slice tux pants to rags if you are not very careful. Given the choice, don't buy rental tux pants with the adjustable waist tab. The pockets are not the same. Buy sized to fit waist and be able to use the pockets without having to look for them or getting hungup. (New, the price is the same.)

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