leather jacket alteration question

sdkitty

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I have a nice Andrew Marc leather jacket I bought last year. The sleeves are really longer than I prefer but I've been wearing it that way. The problem is there are snaps on the sleeves. I've been to Neiman Marcus alterations people and they said because of the snaps, the sleeve would have to be removed and taken up at the shoulder. NM is very expensive of course. My local alteration lady said same thing. She is reasonably priced and can do in a few days. She seems confident that she can do a good job. I'm just a bit reluctant because I've never had this type of alteration and it's leather. I haven't found a leather specialist in San Diego.
So.....I guess it's either I keep wearing it with too-long sleeves or take it to the local lady. Unless anyone out there has an excellent tailor in San Diego to recommend?
(I found one recommended leather alterations shop on Yelp and when I called to ask if the person who actually does the work would be in to look at my jacket, I was told they send it out -- many miles away in Chula Vista)
Advice? Sleeve length is approx to bottom of my thumb. I've seen some of the members on the Bal forum with some pretty long sleeves on their leather jackets.
 

CEC.LV4eva

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Hmmm... I don't think it's specifically a leather problem, but rather the tailoring skills required to alter and cut around the shoulders. As long as your local seamstress has knowledge in disassembling clothing and putting pieces back together again, she should be fine. So I wouldn't worry about the leather itself, cuz it's not like you're cleaning it.
 

sdkitty

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Thanks Cec....I'm thinking that way too...I've only had experience with this lady shortening pants. A co-worker of mine has had some other kinds of alterations at that shop and she said probably OK as long as the owner does it herself. She has had some bad experiences there with the other employees doing less than adequate work.
 
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You may try taking it to Nordstrom. The item does not have to bought from Nordstrom for them to do alterations. Their shoe repair is great too (I always thought it had to be a Nordies purchase to qualify lol). They send out for that service, but the shop they subcontract to is the best!
 

sdkitty

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You may try taking it to Nordstrom. The item does not have to bought from Nordstrom for them to do alterations. Their shoe repair is great too (I always thought it had to be a Nordies purchase to qualify lol). They send out for that service, but the shop they subcontract to is the best!
Thanks for that suggestion. Are you in San Diego area? That thought crossed my mind. Someone on Yelp said she likes the alterations lady I've been going to better than Nordies.....
 

sdkitty

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Yes I am. But if you have someone better - I say go for it! At least you have previous experience with her.
I don't know if she is better....one person on Yelp thinks so. She said she moved away from the area and now drives from Point Loma to Rancho Bernardo to go to this lady.
Do you have experience with Nordstrom? Fashion Valley?
thanks