There’s an enormous amount of craftsmanship that goes into producing a bespoke tailored to suit – and one of the most rewarding parts of the experience is the input that you yourself have over the final design of your piece. But just what is required of you during the process, and what do you need to be prepared before arriving in Savile Row?
The fitting room at a bespoke tailors has long been full of mystery, but now you can find out just exactly what happens behind closed doors and what to expect during the creation of your tailored suit:
YOUR FIRST CONSULTATION
Whether face-to-face, by email or telephone, your first consultation will take place shortly after your initial enquiry. This will usually be a brief conversation where you and your tailor discuss the service you’re looking for – are you interested in a dinner jacket? Business casual wear? A full three-piece suit? Here you can be advised on the difference between a full bespoke and semi-bespoke service (learn more about the advantages of each, here) and then your tailor will book you in for a fitting appointment.
ARRIVING FOR YOUR FIRST FITTING APPOINTMENT
The first fitting appointment is one of the most important stages of the process – so make sure you relax and take it all in! The tailor will take a series of measurements from you and look at key features such as your stance when walking.
Then it’s time to hit the books! You’ll be taken through the tailor’s cloth books – a comprehensive collage of pattern, trends and colour inspiration – and guided through the process of selecting the cloth, style and trimmings of your suit. Your tailor is an expert – so don’t be afraid to ask for their recommendations! They’ll know the styles and colours that will compliment you – and they’re full of innovative ideas for details that will really make your suit stand out. If you have any imagery of similar styles you like then bring them in to draw inspiration from.
if your suit is being created for a specific occasion, such as a wedding, then arriving dressed in the shirt, shoes and under-garment you plan on wearing to the event can really help visualise your final look.
YOUR SECOND BESPOKE FITTING
Your second fitting, known as the ‘baste’, arrives about 4-6 weeks after. Your suit will have been hand cut and loosely tacked. Your tailor will look at the technical fit of your garment, including how you walk and stand in it, and make adjustments. The canvas, stitching and finer details of the garment will be visible at this stage and there will be no lining on your garments.
GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT
Bespoke tailoring is a craft…and one that can’t be rushed. You may be required to come in once or twice again before your final fitting – it’s all about the tweaking of your suit to make it perfect! Each time your suit will be altered as needed, to ensure that the final piece that reaches you is absolutely perfect in measurements – and created to last a lifetime.
YOUR FINAL FITTING – THE GRADUATION
Your final fitting is the ‘graduation’ of the process – your suit will be completed and ready to be taken home and enjoyed! Your bespoke suit is created to be enjoyed, so take the time to get used it and begin planning those social and business occasions to flourish.
THINKING OF GETTING YOUR FIRST TAILORED SUIT?
If you’re looking to invest in your first bespoke suit then you’ll want to address any potential questions you might have. For everything you need to know, read our Beginners Guide To Your First Bespoke Suit, here.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TAILORED SUITS IN LONDON
At McCann Bespoke our renowned tailors can help you learn more about tailoring and design the perfect bespoke garment that captures your requirements. To book your personal appointment or discuss your requirements, get in touch with us today by calling 02071860320 or filling out our contact form, here.