In the past, made-to-measure
referred to a bespoke ordering system in which a sewing pattern was created for each part of a garment before cutting and assembling commenced. After many fittings and delivery of a new suit, these paper patterns were then stored for future use under the customer’s name. On Savile Row in London, England, some of the patterns in storage date back centuries, and are the stuff of royalty.
Bespoke tailoring is still available, but it typically comes with a tremendous price tag and a four-to-six week delivery term. With today’s technology, this antiquated form of manufacturing is more of a status symbol and lifestyle experience than a wardrobe necessity. At Ladner’s we now employ a tailored-to-measure ordering system that is affordable, efficient, specialized and flexible. Our Canadian suppliers provide us with a sample set of superior European milled fabrics at the beginning of each season. Once a sample is selected we discuss styling the garment to our customer’s needs. Typically this exchange will focus around a two-button jacket with a notch or peak lapel, side or centre vent(s), cuff openings and flap pocket alignment. Buttons are selected next, and often an upgraded lining pattern is then added.
The measuring process is next, with existing in-store models and fits tried on and adjustments noted. Up to 16 measurement changes are allowed to stock garments under this system and in only rare cases are full made-to-measure garments required for customers. The order is then sent to the manufacturer and the finished garment is returned in two to three weeks. Final adjustments, if required, are then done in-house by expert tailors.
Accessorizing the garments is the final step of the purchase and at Ladner’s we often repeat the custom clothing process with our Canadian shirt suppliers, ensuring an exact fit for the entire outfit. It’s these added touches that get noticed and garner compliments. New shoes, belts, neckties and pocket squares all add to the experience!
If you feel you never quite fit into stock garments correctly, consider the new form of custom tailoring available to North American customers at stores like Ladner’s. I’m betting you’ll be glad you did.Photo by SummerWithMorons