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Sample Tailoring Secrets #1

Jan 03 2011

Hand made = better made?

The belief is that hand made suits will somehow fit better than a machine made garment. This is only true in certain situations, such as a genuine Savile Row suit or equivalent that carry a price tag of around £2000 and above. The high price of genuine hand made garments is a consequence of the many hours of hand crafting skills of a bespoke tailor to create the perfect fit.

There are suits on the market that claim to be hand made, but this only relates to the sewing of some of the seams such as the lining, which do not add anything to the quality or fit of the garment.

“A client showed me a suit that he bought from a tailor who had told him that the suit was hand made etc. On close examination the lining seams were sewn to the cloth by hand and the buttonholes were also hand made. There weren’t enough stitches per inch and the actual internal construction of the jacket was not hand made. The trousers were machined stitched with some hand sewing on the waistband that would in fact shorten the life of the garment.”

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Category: Suits, Tailoring Advice, Tailoring Secrets

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