How Does the Process Creating Bespoke Tailored Suits Work?
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How Does the Process of Creating Bespoke Tailored Suits Work?

June 9, 2023

Bespoke clothing is genuinely one-of-a-kind. Each piece of clothing is custom-made specifically to your measurements. Clothing bought off the rack is designed to fit anyone who puts it on. A bespoke piece of clothing is made using a unique process that customizes the clothing to make it unique to you. Peter Panos is one of the country’s most well-known and well-respected bespoke tailors. He is a true master of his craft, and his clothing speaks for itself.

Your First Meeting

You will get to know your tailor and how they work at your first meeting. They will also get to know you. As a master craftsman, it is their job to study you. They will watch your movements and gestures. They will get a feel for your character and personality. All of the things the tailor learns about you will be used to create a garment that not only fits you physically but personally as well. The clothing will fit you perfectly, from the materials to the cut to the special details.

Choosing the Materials

During the initial meeting, you will discuss the materials used to make your suit. The occasion for the suit may play an important role in the type of fabric you choose. You will be shown multiple fabric bunches of the highest quality. You can discuss your options with your tailor, and they can answer any questions you may have about the care and maintenance of the final product.

Taking the Initial Measurements

At your first meeting, the initial measurements will be taken. Most tailors take approximately 35 measurements from various points on your body. Each measurement will be as accurate as possible, and notes will be taken to indicate angles and slopes that conform to your body. This will be the first of many measurements taken during the construction of your bespoke clothing. Multiple fittings will be scheduled throughout the process to create a garment that fits you as naturally as possible.

Creating the Pattern

Once the tailor has all your measurements, he will use his notes to create the pattern for your clothing. He will use his notes to carefully mark the pattern to denote creases and any notches that may need to be made to ensure that the clothing fits your body and its unique movements as naturally as possible. The pattern is the guide to the entire process and will be the key to producing a work of functional art.

Hand Cut

As a bespoke tailor, Peter Panos takes great care when placing the pattern on the fabric and cutting out each piece. Every piece of cloth is hand cut to the exact specifications of the pattern. Any marks on the pattern are transferred to the cloth to ensure all cuts and notches are made at the right places and depths. Hand-cutting each piece ensures there are no mistakes and that each piece is as accurate as possible. Linings, fasteners, and fixings are added during this step.

Baste Fitting

During a baste fitting, the garments are basted together so the tailor can see how well the suit fits. The tailor will analyze the size and shape of the suit as it hangs on your body. Your tailor will check how well-balanced the suit is and how it fits when you move. Markings will be made on the paper pattern and the cloth. Your tailor will take the suit apart and make any necessary adjustments to the flattened pieces.

Hand Stitching

At this stage of the process, the hand-sewing will begin. Many of the internal details, as well as the linings and the pockets, will be hand-sewn. Hand-sewing these specific parts will ensure even stitching and strong seams in areas more apt to come apart over the years. Tailors receive several years of training when hand-sewing these delicate fabrics.

Forward Fitting

A forward fitting is one of the final steps of the bespoke process. Any additional adjustments are discussed during a forward fitting, and changes are made to the patterns and cloth. This is considered the final fitting, and any required touches and hand-sewing will be completed at this time. The suit will be pressed, and the buttons will be sewn on by hand.

Final Touches

All final touches will be added to your specifications, and you will be called in to try it on. One final time, the tailor will check his work, paying close attention to every detail. If it meets your satisfaction, the suit will be considered finished, and you can take it home. It’s important to remember that a bespoke piece of clothing is the work of a master craftsman. It will bear their signature in every stitch and seam. Peter Panos is known for his attention to detail and commitment to quality and excellence.

When you buy a suit off the rack, you get a piece of clothing that is very generic when it comes to cut and fit. Most are made from quality materials and average workmanship. They will wear well for a few years but may not fit you as naturally as you would like. Bespoke clothing, on the other hand, goes through a very detailed process. This process results in a suit of much higher quality that will last for many years when properly cared for. A bespoke suit will not fit anyone else the way it fits you. It will fit you comfortably and naturally, showing your best features and graceful movements. With Peter Panos as your bespoke tailor, you know every stitch, seam, and line of your garment will be exceptional!


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