What you need to know when you are about to buy a made-to-measure suit? What is the difference between a bespoke suit and mtm-suit?
In this post I try to give you detailed look to the process of buying a made-to-measure suit. In addition I go through what points you should consider in that process. As most of Finnish menswear-stores such as Sauma and Fere for example are having their seasonal made-to-measure campaigns at the moment, I decided to update the post.
Plain gray, brown or blue is always a good choice.
Fitting of the suit
Details chosen and that€™s it? Not quite. Delivery of a made-to-measure suit normally takes about four to six weeks. When the suit arrives, it€™s time for a fitting. And amendments, in case needed. It is good to remember that mtm-suits, especially the first one you order from a new supplier will probably need some kind of altering.
According to Olli and Tuomo of Sauma about 60% of suits coming from the factory need some alterations before the suit can be handed over to the customer. . In most cases it is little amendments on sleeve or trouser length. Here it is good to go back to the advice I mentioned above - purchase your made-to-measure garments from a shop or a tailor that is able to make the necessary changes. And who will then register them up in order to have the amendments needed for upcoming orders. It is also good to keep in mind that the customer has already paid these alterations in the price of the suit. So there will be no added cost in case fixing is needed. Sometimes, it may happen that another round of alterations is needed, but after all it is the final result that counts.
Sum up - my made-to-measure suit in a nutshell
Finally I will just list the details I haven chose for most of my made-to-measure suits. These are basically my go-to choices.
Unstructured jacket, unlined
3-roll-2 buttoning, notch lapels, 2 patch pockets for more casual jacket and jetted pocket for more business formal jackets
Unconstructured shoulders with pleats
Working buttons (4) on the sleeves
No initilas anywhere
A bit higher rise on the trousers, double pleats and no belt loops but side-adjusters instead
5cm cuffs on the trousers
You can also find this post in Finnish from @tyylit.fi
Original post 2/2015 - updated 3/2018.