Want a Cerise Pink suit? Not a problem. Want pleated trousers, that’s easy. Oh, and I would like a matching waistcoat – you’ve got it!
The Tailors wife is walking through the local park when a man jumps out from behind a bush, opens his raincoat and flashes her. She stands there aghast and says ‘Call that a lining?’
But all jokes aside, often the lining of a suit can say as much about a man as the cut and cloth the outer is made from. A well thought out lining can transform a suit and your tailor will have an extensive range of patterned, shot and plain linings for you to choose from.
Many of our clients have a second pair of trousers made at the time of ordering a made to measure suit as wearing each pair alternatively will add a great deal of service your suit. However, you don’t have to have a second pair made at the time of ordering your suit, for the majority of fabrics your tailor will carry are in pattern bunches, the mills will keep producing further quantities of cloth for many years to come meaning that a year or two down the line, if you should need a replacement pair of trousers your tailor probably can still make these for you.
As a child of the 60’s I saw quite a lot of ‘Power Dressing’ during my teenage years in the 80’s with bold stripes and shoulder pads considered the norm but the old notion of power dressing has become out dated and has been replaced by confidence dressing and nothing can give you more confidence than a made to measure suit.
Made to measure is all about style, the style you choose, it’s not dictated to or controlled by fashion which is only around for a season or two at the most. A made to measure suit can be whatever you choose it to be because it’s you who dictates the fashion element within the garments and you who control the style, you are the designer.
Your tailor will have had years and years of experience in measuring clients, in advising them about the suitability of certain cloths over others dependent on your own requirements, use this experience, get the most out of your suit and you will be back for more.
Whilst a made to measure suit isn’t the cheapest option, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive either. In general, the main variable in the price of a made to measure suit is the cost of the cloth and unlike a ready to wear suit where you might be paying a hefty excess simply for a label, made to measure is really all about the cloth.
Whether you choose the least expensive cloth your tailor will show you or the most expensive, the cost to make your suit is often the same with the cost of the cloth being the only difference. Many tailors will also offer a CMT (cut, make and trim) service where you can bring your own cloth to them to be made into a suit.
This allows you to quite literally ‘cut your cloth accordingly’
I looked across and the man in question was wearing a jacket which had sleeves that were at least 1” too long and the shoulders were far too wide for him, in truth he was wearing a jacket that was at least half a size too big for him but as he said ‘it was the best’ he’d tried.
Made to measure is exactly what it says, it’s made to your measurements, your body shape and not to some generic size that designers believe you should be or in truth that manufacturers produce because it accommodates a variety of body shapes.
This ‘one size fits all shapes’ approach was often brought home to me when we used to measure wedding parties for hire suits. We would have groups of 6 or 7 young men all of a similar age group but who were quite obviously different body shapes however, when they were measured for their hire suits, they often would all have very similar ‘off the peg’ garment sizes with the inside leg being the only difference.
These garments would quite obviously fit some shapes better than others but were the best possible fit from the limited range of ready to wear sizes available, the same is so with off the peg suits, they fit – after a fashion.
Don’t settle on something because ‘it’s the best you’ve tried’ get a suit that really fits your bodies size and shape, get made to measure.
If you’re interested in learning more about TravellingTailor.co.uk and their made to measure garments in Yorkshire and Lancashire contact Michael on 01484 511088