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50 Essential questions to know before tailoring your first bepoke suit

Every person has unique physical strengths and weaknesses, and a bespoke suit can effectively hide these flaws while enhancing their assets. Nevertheless, one of the initial hurdles for individuals new to bespoke suits is the lack of experience in making informed choices and assessments. The 50 questions presented in this article aim to equip you with valuable insights, boosting your self-assurance when procuring your inaugural bespoke suit.

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Before Heading to the suit tailoring house

What is the process of crafting a bespoke suit?

In the made-to-measure suit category, the tailor selects a pre-existing pattern that closely matches the customer’s measurements. They then make adjustments and stitch the suit accordingly.

In contrast, for a bespoke suit, distinct patterns are meticulously drawn and tailored exclusively based on the customer’s precise measurements. This meticulous process results in a one-of-a-kind suit, created solely for the individual.

What's the average time frame for crafting a bespoke suit?

Tailoring a bespoke suit demands more time due to its meticulous craftsmanship and individuality, plus it hinges on body proportions. Typically, a traditional bespoke suit takes around 4-6 weeks for completion, including necessary adjustments.

However, our state-of-the-art 4.0 bespoke suit tailoring at The Sages Bespoke often wraps up within 1-2 weeks. This rapidity owes itself to 3D scanning and virtual fitting, heightening precision pre-tailoring, departing from conventional norms.

For a deeper grasp of the elements impacting the tailoring duration, delve into this article.

What is a reasonable price range for a bespoke suit?

The cost of a tailored suit is determined by two main factors: the fabric quality and the jacket construction. Tailoring prices are divided into different segments:

  • entry level,
  • standard,
  • premium,
  • and luxury.

For a more comprehensive understanding of what can be considered a reasonable price for a tailored suit, explore this blog.

What does the structure of a suit refer to?

The term “structure” in a suit pertains to the framework that gives the jacket its form, allowing it to possess a well-defined or smooth and flowing appearance, based on the chosen structural approach.

In the case of mid-range and upscale tailored suits, the favored approach is canvassing (half canvas or full canvas). However, for entry-level suits, a layer of fusible interlining is often utilized to manage costs.

For a more detailed insight into the intricacies of suit jacket structures, you can explore this blog.

What does the bespoke suit tailoring process involve?

At The Sages Bespoke, the modern bespoke suit tailoring 4.0 process comprises 7 distinct steps:

  1. Discussing preferences and needs
  2. Selecting fabric and consulting style based on body shape
  3. 3D measurements and try-on clothing
  4. Personalizing details on a 3D preview app
  5. Virtual fitting on computer
  6. First fitting session
  7. Final fitting session and delivery

For a more comprehensive understanding of each step in this process, you can explore further details here.

How to explain your desired details for your bespoke suit?

To articulate the precise details you desire in your bespoke suit, you can convey your preferences verbally or share reference images with your consultant.

At The Sages Bespoke, our 4.0 technology enables direct selection of fabric and customization of details through a realtime 3D preview application. This eliminates the need for imaginative interpretation, as often required in traditional tailoring approaches.

Bespoke with realtime 3D preview Applitcation

How many fitting sessions are usually required for a bespoke suit?

The count of fitting sessions is often contingent upon the wearer’s physique and the tailor’s skill. Traditional bespoke tailoring might necessitate 7-8 sessions, sometimes spanning 6 months.

At The Sages Bespoke, thanks to 3D scanning precision, the norm is 2-3 fitting sessions on average for your bespoke suit, enhancing both efficiency and accuracy.

What Does "House Cut" refer to in Tailoring?

The term “House Cut” denotes the unique tailoring style that each tailoring house’s establishment is known for. At The Sages Bespoke, our House Cut harmoniously fuses elements of both English and Italian cuts. This blend is designed to cater to the Vietnamese body type, which typically features less prominent chest and shoulders, while maintaining a sleek and gracefully relaxed fit.

Which fabric brands are available at the tailoring house?

While many tailoring houses offer similar fabric brands, the specific choices can differ based on their partnerships with various fabric suppliers.

At The Sages Bespoke, we proudly present a collection of over 10,000 fabric options sourced from more than 50 countries worldwide. Among these options, you’ll find esteemed brands like Dormeuil, Scabal, Loro Piana, and Holland & Sherry. This diverse selection guarantees a wide array of choices for our discerning clientele.

How to Identify a poorly made bespoke suit?

Easily recognizable signs include checking if the stitching quality is prone to fraying, examining whether the buttons are genuine horn or plastic, and determining whether the jacket structure is fused or canvassed.

You can explore 10 fundamental ways to discern whether your tailored suit is of subpar quality or not.

Is expedited bespoke suit tailoring available?

Generally, many tailoring houses offer expedited bespoke suit services. However, the availability depends on the current workload at The Sages. It’s important to note that opting for expedited tailoring may impact the quality and structural integrity of the final product. As a recommendation, it’s often better to avoid rushing the process for the best outcome.

In the future, if i want to get additional tailored suits, do i need to visit the tailoring house again?

Unless you experience significant weight fluctuations, revisiting The Sages may not be necessary for future orders. After your initial tailoring, your measurements will be stored for future usage, simplifying the process for subsequent custom suit requests.

The Sages Bespoke keeps 3D scan measurements for all customers, even with many previous scans.

Does the tailoring house offer door-to-door bespoke suit tailoring services?

The Sages Bespoke offers door-to-door bespoke suit tailoring services for customers upon request. For a more detailed insight into the process, you can refer to this page.

Does the tailoring house offer international shipping for custom suit?

The Sages Bespoke provides packaging and shipping services for custom suits to international clients. The shipping cost will be communicated in advance and is the responsibility of the customer.

Does the tailoring house offer free alterations for bespoke suits tailored at the shop?

We provide complimentary alterations for all customers who have their bespoke suits tailored in-house. The Sage has free tailored fit support for all customers who can measure at the tailor.

Is there a suit alteration service available?

The Sages currently provides suit alterations and adjustments for various garments, either at customers’ locations or in-store. For details about alteration pricing, please refer to this link.

What payment options does the tailoring house accept?

At present, The Sages accommodates three primary payment methods: cash, bank transfers, and credit/debit card payments.

What is 4.0 bespoke suit tailoring?

Bespoke suit tailoring 4.0 signifies the harmonious fusion of over 30 years of artisanal bespoke tailoring experience with the convenience and precision of modern technology. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the experience offered by this new generation of bespoke suit tailoring, you can find more information here.

How does 3D body scanning technology compare to traditional manual measurement?

3D body scanning technology allows The Sages to capture over 180 measurements in just 10 seconds, surpassing the accuracy of traditional hand measurements.

What does the 3D Preview application offer for custom suit tailoring?

In contrast to the traditional approach of relying on imagination, the 3D preview application illustrates the details in real time. With an extensive selection of over 100 bespoke details, customers can also personalize and design their very own unique suit.

When visiting the tailoring house for the first time

How to choose the right fabric for your custom suit?

To answer the question of selecting the appropriate fabric for your bespoke suit, consider addressing these three questions:

  1. Occasions: What will be the suit’s primary purpose? Is it for work, special events, or a combination? This will guide pattern and fabric choices.
  2. Weather: In what weather conditions will you be wearing the suit? Will it be in cold climates, air-conditioned offices, or for outdoor activities in warm weather? This consideration impacts the fabric weight, a crucial factor in selecting the right suit fabric. For more information, please click more information here.
  3. Color Harmony: What colors are prevalent in your current wardrobe? By aligning your choice with existing garments, you can make more cohesive decisions that complement your existing pieces, rather than starting entirely anew.

How to choose the right fabric pattern?

Selecting an appropriate fabric pattern for yourself can be challenging, as it involves considering multiple factors, such as:

  • Color Preferences: What are your favorite colors?
  • Pattern Influence: Does the pattern significantly impact your decision?
  • Planned Coordination: How do you plan to coordinate the suit with other elements?
  • …and more.

The Sages Bespoke offers some ideas for your consideration in this article here and here.

Matching colors and patterns will make you more elegant in a tailored suit

When to choose a bespoke suit and when to OPT for a Tuxedo?

If you’re torn between a bespoke suit and a tuxedo for your wedding, The Sages Bespoke recommends considering whether you plan to wear the attire beyond the wedding day. If versatility is a priority, a tastefully colored custom suit might be the right choice. On the other hand, if the outfit’s use is primarily limited to the occasion, a sophisticated tuxedo is worth considering.

A tuxedo is well-suited for formal events like weddings, where you aim to make a pronounced statement or occasions with specific dress codes, such as black-tie events.

Does button placement significantly affect the fit of a custom suit?

The placement of buttons on a suit can significantly influence the overall fit and appearance. With different body types, button positioning on a custom suit varies accordingly. Hence, having a good grasp of your body’s unique attributes is essential for making well-informed choices.

The Sages Bespoke has provided valuable guidance on determining the right button placement for a suit in this comprehensive article.

How to choose the right suit lapel style?

Selecting the appropriate lapel style holds significant importance in crafting a bespoke suit. Typically, a suit offers three main lapel styles:

  • Peak Lapel: With its pointed edge, it conveys a formal and powerful look.
  • Notch Lapel: Marked by its V-shaped notch, it’s versatile and suits various occasions.
  • Shawl Lapel: Defined by its smooth, curved edge, it exudes an elegant and sophisticated appearance.

For a lapel choice that suits you best, explore insights in this blog.

How to choose th ideal suit pocket style?

Much like lapel choices, the selection of a suitable suit pocket style significantly contributes to the overall look. At The Sages Bespoke, clients have the privilege of choosing from a diverse range of over 20 pocket styles. To explore the array of suit pocket styles and gain further insights, refer to this blog.

How to choose the right suit vent style?

The vent style is a significant detail that often goes unnoticed when tailoring a bespoke suit. Typically, there are three primary vent styles: center vent, side vents, and no vents. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and drawbacks associated with each vent style, refer to this blog for informed decision-making that aligns with your preferences.

What is the ideal length for suit sleeves?

In general, the standard length for suit sleeves should neatly extend to the wrist bone of the wearer.

What's the standard suit jacket length?

For a single-breasted suit jacket, the standard length typically covers the first joint of your thumb, aligning with the bone at the base of your thumb.

When it comes to a double-breasted suit jacket, the length can vary between the first and second joint of your thumb or extend to fully cover the crotch of your pants. This tailored approach ensures a balanced length, avoiding a boxy appearance.

If you’re on the shorter side, you might consider asking the tailor to trim around 1-1.5cm to reveal a bit more of your legs, creating the illusion of height. Generally, this small adjustment is hardly noticeable to others.

What is a Milanese buttonhole?

Originating from Italy, the Milanese buttonhole is a type of buttonhole that is entirely hand-sewn. It serves as a prominent and sophisticated detail on your suit jacket. To learn more about the Milanese buttonhole and its unique characteristics, you can explore further details here.

How to select the ideal pants length?

Pants length can be divided into four primary styles:

  • Cropped
  • No break
  • Slight break
  • Full break

Each pants length style offers its unique benefits and considerations. To make the right choice, you can delve into the specific attributes of each style by exploring this article.

How to choose the right shirt collar style?

To select the appropriate shirt collar style, you need to consider your facial features. Moreover, the shirt collar should complement the width of both your suit lapel and tie blade.

For a more comprehensive insight, you can explore further details here.

When is the first fitting appointment?

Typically, it takes around 3-5 days for clients at The Sages Bespoke to have their first fitting appointment. Occasionally, this timing can be adjusted flexibly based on the client’s schedule.

When do i need to make payment for the custom suit?

At The Sages Bespoke, you’ll need to make a 50% deposit during your initial appointment for the bespoke suit. The remaining balance can be settled upon receiving the completed suit.

The First fitting session

When attending the first fitting sessioin, what does it involve?

During the initial fitting session, you will typically try on a basted version of the suit. This allows the tailor to easily assess and make any necessary adjustments in different areas, if required.

How should you prepare for the first fitting session?

When attending the first fitting session, it’s advisable to wear the attire you intend to pair with the suit (such as a dress shirt and dress trousers) and complement it with a pair of dress shoes. This approach allows you to gauge the suit’s fit in a real-world context and make informed decisions about your outfit coordination.

What defines a properly fitting suit?

A suit, whether it’s single-breasted or double-breasted, is considered well-fitting when it aligns with various factors and specific details. To delve into the specifics of a double-breasted suit, you can refer here, and for a single-breasted suit, you can explore this blog.

What defines a properly fitting waistcoat?

When it comes to a waistcoat, gauging its fit entails considering various factors including the body, length, and more.

The length of the waistcoat should effectively cover the waistband of the suit trousers, which is also why it’s referred to as a “waistcoat” in English.

To delve deeper into the specific cues for identifying a well-fitting waistcoat, you can refer to this source.

What defines a properly fitting pair of trousers?

The fit of a pair of trousers is influenced by multiple factors, including length and overall comfort. For a more comprehensive understanding, you can explore detailed information on this subject here.

What defines a well-fitting dress shirt?

To ascertain whether a dress shirt fits properly, pay attention to key areas including the collar, shoulders, chest, underarms, torso, cuffs, and sleeve length. For a more comprehensive understanding, you can explore further details here.

Is it possible to alter a suit that fit tightly?

Whether a tight-fitting suit can be altered depends on the available seam allowance in the suit. Therefore, if you notice any areas feeling too constricting during the first fitting, it’s recommended to communicate these concerns with the tailor promptly so they can make the necessary adjustments

The Sages Bespoke recommends bringing the garment in need of alteration directly to their store for a thorough evaluation by their skilled staff. For more in-depth information, you can explore this article.

Can a suit that is too short be adjusted?

In most cases, the answer is no. Suits that are too short, especially off-the-rack options, often lack the necessary seam allowance to be lengthened or extended.

When collecting the completed bespoke suit

Is the completed suit exacly as you selected?

Ensure you have notes or photos of your initial choices when you first visited the tailor. This will help you compare details accurately when collecting the finished suit.

At The Sages Bespoke, we always provide customers with a detailed file of their chosen options right after the consultation. Therefore, when you come to collect the finished suit, you can open this file to thoroughly review and verify all the product details before leaving.

Does the suit come with a protective cover and wooden hanger?

Each suit should include a wooden hanger and a protective cover to uphold its form and safeguard its quality. When you opt for a bespoke suit at The Sages Bespoke, you’ll be provided with a garment bag made from premium Oxford fabric, known for its durability and superior protection compared to common alternatives. For further insights into this specific garment bag, you can explore the details here.

How to properly store a suit?

Mỗi bộ suit đều là một sự đầu tư về tiền bạc và công Every suit represents an investment in terms of both money and effort, so it deserves careful preservation to maintain its quality. Typically, there are six methods for effectively storing and maintaining the quality of a tailored suit. For more detailed information, you can refer to the details provided here.

Has the suit got Dry-Cleaned?

When you opt for a bespoke suit from The Sages Bespoke, rest assured that we conduct thorough dry-cleaning to ensure its crispness before handing it over to you.

Does the tailor offer suit dry-cleaning services?

Yes, The Sages provides suit dry-cleaning as a services.

Additionally, customers who have their suits tailored at The Sages are eligible for two free-of-charged suit dry-cleaning.

If my suit experiences a button coming off during usage, does the tailor provide any form of assistance?

If a button on your bespoke suit from The Sages Bespoke comes off during use, feel free to bring it in for complimentary button reattachment.

If my suit experiences a torn seam during usage, does the tailor offer any repair assistance?

Yes, The Sages Bespoke provides complimentary repair services for customers. So, feel free to bring your suit to The Sages without any hesitation.

Additionally, we also offer paid suit alteration services for any other adjustments or repairs your suit may require.

If my suit gets torn during the usage, can the tailor alter it?

Certainly! If your suit becomes torn while in use, The Sages provides a paid reweaving service to address such issues.

With these 50 questions to know before your first bespoke suit fitting, The Sages Bespoke is confident that you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to confidently embark on the journey of bespoke tailoring suits that align with your preferences. Should you have any lingering inquiries or seek further insights, do not hesitate to contact our hotline at +84 886 219 608 or engage in a chat on our Facebook fanpage for prompt assistance.