What is the made to measure process?

Posted 23/04/2019 00:00

Made to measure

It’s often taken for granted that people are meant to just know how made to measure appointments and the process goes.

You can read lots of articles online, talking about what made to measure is and the differences between made to measure suits and bespoke suits, but it’s not often that you see ones on what you can expect when you actually go to visit a tailor.

We’ve put together a simple guide to help you out

Booking an appointment

All tailors work differently. Some offer private appointments (as we do) some allow for drop ins (we don’t).

Most would prefer to schedule an appointment, so that the tailor can assess what it is you’re after, offer you guidance and see if they can create you something.

All tailors have different styles, so it’s really important that you define if a tailor creates clothes that you feel you’d like to wear.

When booking an appointment, it’s not vital that you know exactly what you want. That’s the tailor’s job after all. But it does help to have a set price range in mind, an idea of style and information about how and where you’re going to be wearing your suit.


Please note that we only offer calls with our tailors if you’re wanting more information on pricing, styles and general advice. We do this as we get very booked up and can only book appointments for those who are ready to order. If you love what we do and wish to go ahead, here’s what happens…

P.s: You’ve also got our handy ‘All you need to know about made to measure’ download which you can find here.

The appointment

Our initial appointments take up to an hour and we discuss fabrics, design and we will also take your measurements.

We offer you advice on your skin tone and what style and fabric would work best for your body shape. We do everything we can to make sure you’re looking nothing but you’re best.


We use what we call ‘master models’. This is our stylised block that we work from. It helps you to visualise how your suit will both look and feel. You get to say what you like and we get to advise you on what we feel would look great on you.

The next steps

Our suits take between 6-8 weeks to be made. We always advise leaving at least 2-3 months if this is for a special occasion just so we have plenty of time to ensure you’re really happy with everything.

Your suit will come in finished and you will have your first, official fitting. The suit will then be fitted to you and any changes will be pinned and taken away to our tailor who will then have it ready for you within the next two weeks.

After this, your suit will be all yours!

Please note that in our Savile Row showroom, we design exclusively for the client. We don’t hold any suits to try on or ready made garments. Our showroom as a lovely environment to discuss styles and look through fabrics.

In our Bishop’s Stortford store we hold our current, ready to wear ranges. We also take appointments for made to measure here.

If you wish to know more about this process, please do let us know any questions you may have. We’d be more than happy to help.

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