Pinnas & Needles alterations – Everlasting Model


Over the previous six months I’ve used the Soho workshop Pinnas & Needles for a number of alterations – from the straightforward to the complicated – and really feel I can now totally suggest them. 

Having the ability to satisfyingly alter clothes, so it kinds out an issue or all of the sudden suits once more, is an important a part of taking care of high quality garments – and Pinnas & Needles have been correct, skilled and dependable. 

Positioned on the primary flooring of an previous constructing on Lexington Road, the workshop is run by the Italian twins Pio and Francesco. They initially educated in Italy and the UK, labored in-house at Mark Marengo, and since 2010 have run their very own operation.  

Just about all of the work is completed in-house, which is useful because it has meant that – for instance – a fast change to a button or tweak to an alteration might be finished whereas I waited.

And the costs replicate the extent of the work: from £16 to complete a pair of trousers with a turn-up, to £140 for a posh piece of lining work. 

I’ve highlighted three of the alterations I took in right here, to reveal the standard and the vary. 

First, proven above, is the turn-up on a pair of trousers. They’re black cords, from Berg & Berg in Sweden, and got here unhemmed (as you’d need, to be able to get the size excellent). 

I needed them completed with a 5cm turn-up, and after ascertaining that there was sufficient fabric to do that the right means (doubled over on the surface, then tucked inside), Fran(cesco) took measurements. 

Usefully, he each measured my inside leg and the within leg of the trousers I used to be carrying (as I used to be pleased with that size). The one served to substantiate the opposite, and the end result was that the ultimate cords had been excellent. 

I really tried them on with a bit basting thread nonetheless left on the surface, which Fran then took off once we established they had been right. 

The work inside was neat and useful. Overlocked stitched fairly than sewn by hand – as maybe a Savile Row pair of trousers may be – however nicely finished and nice worth for £16. 

The second piece of labor was extra complicated. 

I like this Gloverall duffle coat of mine, and put on it usually with extra informal tailoring (see article on it worn with a tweed jacket). Nevertheless it’s not the best factor to get on and off when carrying tailoring – as a result of there’s no lining within the physique or sleeves. 

I due to this fact requested the twins if they might put a navy lining within the high of the again, and the sleeves. 

The value for the work was pretty excessive (£140) however after I noticed afterwards what that they had finished, it made sense. 

Fairly than simply merely tack the liner to the coat, they unpicked the seams and labored the liner beneath all the best way across the high of the again, the armhole, and the cuffs. 

They then tacked it by hand throughout the center of the again, so there was room for it to maneuver. They usually reattached the Gloverall label on high of the liner, with the end result that it appears like the liner was at all times there. 

Once I picked up the coat, I additionally thought the liner was a bit unfastened, because it bellowed outwards on both facet of my chest, when the coat was open. This was one other change that was made whereas I waited. 

I feel this alteration particularly is an efficient instance of the sort of work I’d by no means belief to a neighborhood dry-cleaner, who can be unlikely to have actual tailoring expertise. 

Lastly, the alteration above was additionally on a pair of trousers, however extra complicated. 

I purchased this classic pair of military chinos at Le Vif in Paris some time in the past, however discovered the leg too huge for me. I ummed and erred about altering it (therefore my inclusion of the query of alterations in our classic week articles) and at last determined I ought to. 

In fact the factor you wish to keep away from with altering classic, if attainable, is to vary the looks of the seams – each as a result of it received’t look as good, and since it would make the alteration extra apparent. 

So we mentioned how a lot may very well be taken out of the leg simply from the again – so the again facet would slide beneath the entrance, and depart the looks of the seam unchanged. 

The twins had been very useful right here, and I introduced in a pair of my previous Armoury chinos as a reference of how huge the leg would ideally be. (One thing I’d at all times suggest if you’d like the match altered on clothes.)

The end result was once more, excellent, as you’ll be able to see within the photographs above. Or fairly not see, because the seam appears unchanged. That work price £100. 

The twins additionally do some bespoke tailoring themselves, however I haven’t tried that nor seen any in individual. I additionally haven’t tried them for something complicated on a tailor-made jacket. 

The workshop is commonly busy, however I needed to wait between one and three weeks for the assorted alterations, which was wonderful for me. 

They have a web site, and you may electronic mail or name. However I’d counsel simply turning up, ringing the buzzer, and going as much as ask about any alteration you take into account. 

There’s a full checklist of assets for cleansing, alterations and repairs that I’ve tried and might suggest, right here

Do add any locations you’d personally suggest beneath, or on that extra common article. I do know others at all times recognize it.

Valet stand pictured from Honorific



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