Suits come in all shapes and sizes… unless you buy from the high street. Retailers are missing a trick, for all of those people who live in ‘the size twilight zone’, suits are either too big or too small.
That’s why a growing number of people are using tailors to deliver made to measure and bespoke suits to fit their needs – and their size.
What’s the difference between made to measure and bespoke suits, though? If you thought they were the same thing, keep reading…
Made to measure = cutting from a pattern
A suit that’s ‘made to measure’ is a custom-fit suit created from a pre-existing pattern. Pieces are cut out from the fabric based on the existing suit design, but they’re altered in size to fit the customer. The standard pattern pieces, once adapted to the customer’s size, are usually cut out by machine.
A bespoke suit is made exclusively for that one customer. It can’t be truly replicated as the pattern is created from scratch, and the fabric pieces are cut by hand.
The measurements taken for a bespoke suit are incredibly detailed. It’s not just about the size of the waist or length of the leg. Tailors will look at the unique body shape of the wearer, such as the angles and slopes of a silhouette, and take unique measurements to make an exact pattern.
Cut from the same cloth?
A made to measure suit will be created from a pre-existing design and that includes fabric choices, too.
You may find a custom suit available in several different fabrics, but any limit on a range will tell you that you’re ordering a made to measure suit instead of a custom one.
A bespoke suit is made of the exact fabric the customer wants. It can be sourced especially for the client so that they can have a truly unique, one-off suit.
Fittings are essential for bespoke suits
A made to measure service usually won’t offer fittings. The suit is made on the measurements they take from the customer, so they don’t feel a fitting is required.
However, a bespoke suit will require fittings during the creation process. This is to make sure the suit is absolutely custom, that tiny alterations can be made for a better fit, and that the suit takes into account any fluctuations in the wearer’s body shape.
Why are bespoke suits more expensive than made to measure?
The time taken to create a bespoke suit is significantly more than a made to measure suit.
The unique and handmade pattern required, as well as the huge number of measurements needed to create the pattern, is just the start of a highly skilled process. It takes years, even decades, for a master tailor to reach a standard high enough to offer bespoke suits. You’re paying for that expertise, skill, and superior knowledge!
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