For men’s and ladies’ suit, trouser, jacket, clothing, near invisible and alterations work. All carried out to the highest of standards.

The men’s and ladies’ most frequently requested alterations service is to shorten legs, with the original finish retaining. We offer a full range of alteration services as listed below. Our goal is to make the finish as near to the original as possible. Any questions, please ask.


Taking in the side seams of your jacket: 

To make a more fitted style, if the jacket is a dated look of a more ‘boxy’ straight side seam look and you want it with more a tapered cut into the waist line. 
(Please note some alteration places will only take in the center seam, which is an unbalanced way to carry out this job, it’s only too cut down on time. We don’t and won’t do this. It’s a sub standard way to carry the job out and we do not recommend it. If you use us or another tailor to carry out your work, please request both side seams)

Let out the side seams of your jacket: 

You may have bought the jacket and found it to be a little tighter than wanted. You may have put on a little weight and now the jacket feels uncomfortable. We can let out jackets by around 1″ – 2″ depending on how  much fabric the manufacture has left inside.

Shorten Sleeves of your jacket: 

Be it a plain ladies type cuff or a man jacket with buttons and button holes. On some occasions it is possible to shorten from the sleeve head to retain all the original detail present, this is a more time consuming way of altering your sleeves. But this will retain all original detail even if it has a working button hole cuff.

Lengthen Sleeves of your jacket: 

On most occasions we can lengthen your sleeves by 1″ – 2″ depending on how much fabric the manufacture has left inside. The lining may need to extended if its being lengthened more than 1″. The cost does go up slightly for this to be carried out.

Shorten Length of your jacket: 

We can shorten your jacket be around 1″ –  2″, with shortening the length you need to bare in mind the length of jacket compared with the pocket balance. You do not want to go too short as the pockets on the front of the jacket will start to look slightly odd in relation to the jacket length.

Chip Shoulders: 

We can take in the shoulder width on you jacket by around 1″ – 2″ per shoulder, so up to 4″ in total if you measured the complete back width.

Pick up rear neck area: 

If you have a slight high or low shoulder line compared with others, you may suffer with the rear upper part of your jacket having a crease and therefor an unbalanced appearance, we can lift or drop this area to get rid of this.

Taper Sleeve width: 

On some occasions we get requested to taper the sleeves width. This is sometimes carried out along with tapering the body side seams of the jacket to keep the complete balance of the suit if the jacket and trouser have been taken in lot more than standard. You may decide you also want this service.

Re-Line Jacket: 

We can put a brand new inner lining into your old jacket. It may have been of a poor quality when bought new and worn threw prematurely or has just worn threw with general wear and tear over the years. If the jacket is still in good condition it may be worth considering getting us to put a new lining into your jacket. We also have a superb collection of satin linings with over 50 colors to choose from, typical black, grey, navy along with some beautiful pinks, purples, yellows etc. We even have some polka dots on request. All inner pockets can be retained on request. Samples can be sent by post if required.


Shorten Leg Length: 

Be it 1″ or 10″ you need them shortening we can do it. We will replace all stitching back to the manufactures finish, replacing all internal stitching and over-lock stitching to the same as before it had been altered. We can also add the heal (kick) tape onto the inside of the trouser hem for added weight and to stop the bottom of the hem from wearing away on the rear of your shoes.

Lengthen Leg Length: 

In most cases the manufacture leave in an inlay of around 2″ for us to let down. So if your trousers are half mast and showing off your socks a little, we can certainly let them down for you. On most occasions there is not enough room inside for the heal (kick) tapes to be added (replaced).

Take In Waist Area: 

We can take in trouser waists be up to 4″. The only thing you have to watch out for here is that the rear pockets don’t meet. This looks very odd and is uncomfortable once altered. The lower seat area can also be taken in if requested.

Let Out Waist Area: 

In most cases the manufacture leaves in an inlay of around 2″ for us to let out. So if your new trousers are slightly too tight and need a touch out, or you have put a bit of weight over the Christmas period. We can certainly alter those for and make you feel a lot more comfortable in your trousers.

Taper Thigh Area: 

We can taper the thigh area in for you, if you would like them more fitted.

Taper Leg From Knee Down: 

We can taper the lower leg part from the knee down, if you would like more of a fitted cut

Make Skinny Cut: 

With some suit trouser being around a 14″ bottom as standard, we can amend any old or new trousers with a wider leg pair down to around a 14″ bottom on request. We take special care  to make the leg not look like its been altered, to retain the cut of the leg to be graduated and look as if its never been altered.

Lift Crutch Area: 

Every now and then we get this request, when for some odd reason a suit trouser has been cut with slightly longer crutch than normal, we can alter this and remove the excess underneath.

Other men’s and ladies suit alterations can be carried out on request; the above are the most popular.

Raymond Lister uses only the highest standard cotton threads which are of the best quality and durability for the alterations process be it to your suit, trouser, jacket and clothing etc.

Please check the gallery page for examples of all the above mentioned men’s and ladies suit alteration services we can offer you. 

sizing help

General Tips

As a guide most men need a jacket size approximately 4 – 6 inches bigger than their waist size. eg. 34 waist would usually be a 38” or 40” chest.

Sleeve length on a jacket is easier to measure than a jacket length and you just measure from the crown of the shoulder to the cuff.

If you ever have a problem with your trousers being tight around the top of the leg it may mean you need a larger waist size. As a guide if you measure around your seat, if it is approx.7 or 8 inches larger than your chosen waist size you may need to go up a size. e.g. waist 34” seat measurement 40” should be ok. Waist size 34” seat measurement 42” could be better to go for a 36” waist.

Ladies Sizing Guide

We don’t just work alongside men, we also cater for ladies too. 

Below you will find the body measurements that we use along with a handy conversion guide for international sizing. We measure every person individually when we build them an item.

Supplying this additional information in a query could enable us to handle a rough guide price for our ranges or items to be created for you.