What to Expect When Ordering a Bespoke Suit

What to Expect When Ordering a Bespoke Suit

June 6, 2022

When ordering a bespoke suit for the first time, many people have no clue what to expect during the process, which can create anxiety. Fortunately, there are several tips you can follow to help you know what to expect. These tips will educate you on how a bespoke suit is made.

Initial Consultation

You will go through an initial consultation during which you will fill out a short questionnaire. Your tailor consultant will also sit with you to talk about what you are hoping to get from your suit and if you have any ideas or pictures to share. Your answers to these questions will supply your tailor with the information needed to recommend cloth books.

Choosing a Cloth

Are you wondering what makes a suit bespoke? The cloth is typically what makes it bespoke. With over 3,000 cloth options to choose from, you are sure to find something that matches your taste and requirements. During your tailoring consultation, you will be able to look through the various cloth books on hand to help guide you through different types of fabrics.

Some places even allow you to order free fabric samples online if you are interested in seeing a small selection of cloth types prior to your consultation. Once you have chosen a cloth that you like, your tailor consultant will show you the lining selection. You can choose from quirky prints to bold colors.

Styling Your Suit

You have many style options to choose from, whether you opt for a made-to-measure or a fully-bespoke construction method. Your tailor consultant will walk you through various style options using sample jackets that are available. If you see a certain style detail you want to include in your suit, you should inform your consultant.

Taking Measurements

Consultants will typically request that you wear trousers and a shirt to be measured in. If you are interested in ordering a skirt, you should bring your favorite trousers and skirts along with you. Fitting rooms are available if you choose to bring a change of clothing.

While the measurements are extremely important, your body posture also plays a huge role in the way your suit fits. Your tailor consultant will take up to 30 measurements of your body in addition to taking pictures and notes of your posture. This process can take anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes.

Final Steps

The final steps of the bespoke tailoring process involve placing your order, fitting the completed suit, and taking your suit home. You will have your first fitting in six weeks after you place your order. If you are getting a fully bespoke suit, it will take about five weeks after your baste fitting. During your fitting, your consultant will determine whether your suit needs any alterations. If your suit doesn’t need any alterations, you will be able to take it home.

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