Nick has an amazing collection of vintage jackets, the only problem is they don’t fit! However, he understands that because of the quality of these pieces and the fact he could never find anything like it now, they are definitely worth investing in.

He started by bringing in this Borrelli blazer along with a knit blazer (that I’m kicking myself I didn’t photograph!) This blazer was just way too big in the shoulders!
1 Nick's Borrelli recut

So I buckled down and got to work! I started by slimming the waist a little removing excess from the back of the shoulders. Then I slimmed the chest and sleeves, and recut the shoulders by about an inch! Nick also wanted the coat to be shorter which was going to cut right through the pockets. He wasn’t in love with the pockets, and never planned to use them (who wants to slim a coat perfectly just to ruin it with a wallet bulge in the front pocket?) and he requested if I could just make a fake pocket.

I hemmed the jacket, and made a pretty little fake pocket. To polish it all off and to keep in line with the original (and impressive!) construction, I added the decorative pick stitching by hand for that detail that you can barely see, but you will always know is there 🙂

There is no way that Nick will see somebody else walking around in this jacket, and that feels good! Recycled, one-of-a-kind, and fit just like Nick likes it.

2 Nick's Borrelli recut before


3 Nick's Borrelli after
4 Nick's Borrelli recut shoulders
5 Nick's Borrelli recut back
6 Nick's Borrelli recut closeup

Fake pocket detail
7 Nick's Borrelli recut fake pocket

8 Nick's Borrelli

Do you have a vintage coat, or a hand-me-down that you want to custom-fit to you? Give us a call to schedule an appointment at (202)567-7668 or email us at and we can help brainstorm!

*Tailoring by appointment only, closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
**Just be sure to have it dry-cleaned first please, even if it doesn’t look dirty.

Take a peek at some of our other suit/blazer recuttings:
Kevin’s lightweight suit recut
Jon’s mega-slimming on his suit from the 20s
Daniel’s suit slimming
Blake’s amazing red blazer
Other Nick’s boxy suit
Sergey’s inherited 3 piece suit

About the author

Kristen is one of the owners and founders of Ginger Root Design and ReVamp ReWear Design and Tailoring.

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