If you try on a suit and the legs and sleeves are the right length, everything fastens, and it's not overly loose, you may figure it's good enough to wear without alterations. And it may, indeed, be good enough. But what if you want a great suit—not just a good-enough suit? Then, you may want to have a tailor make some or all of these little tweaks.
Tacking the Waist
Many suit jackets are made to be a bit looser fitting around the waist so that there is room for tailors to take them in, as needed. So even if the jacket seems to fit, it may look a little boxy and straight through the waist. A tailor can do a basic alteration called "tacking the waist" in which they use just a few carefully placed stitches, called tacks, to bring in both sides of the waist area of the jacket. This gives the jacket more of a shape, which gives you more shape when you wear it.
Slimming the Lower Legs
If you have smaller calves, then the lower legs of the suit may look a bit loose and baggy. A tailor can slim these down pretty easily by creating a new seam. If you like a really tapered, trim look, your tailor can take the legs in a lot. If you want the suit to be more straight-legged, they can just take them in a little.
Adding Interior Pockets
If the suit does not have interior pockets, ask your tailor to sew one in. Having an interior pocket on your suit coat gives you a great place to store valuable, important, or discrete things. A tailor can add an interior pocket very easily, using just a piece of material and some stitching. You won't find yourself overloading your pants pockets nearly as often if you have a good interior pocket.
Add Elastic to the Waistband
When you walk around in the suit, do you feel like the waistband is too tight, or like it is pulling on you sometimes? If so, you can ask your tailor to add some elastic to the waistband. This makes a suit far more comfortable, and it can also make it look like it fits a little better since the elastic will keep the fabric from creasing and folding as much.
Just because you don't need major alterations does not mean you should not take your suit to a tailor. There are plenty of little things they can do to make your suit even better. Learn more by contacting local tailoring services.