Tailoring is the art of designing, cutting, fitting, and finishing clothes. The word tailor comes from the French tailler, to cut, and appears in the English language during the fourteenth century.
In Latin, the word for tailor was sartor, meaning patcher or mender, hence the English "sartorial," or relating to the tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing. The term bespoke, or custom, tailoring describes garments made to measure for a specific client. Bespoke tailoring signals that these items are already "spoken for" rather than made on speculation.
However, there’s more to bespoke suits than just being more expensive than your off-the-rack, department store blazer. If you have never owned a tailored suit before, here are the reasons why you ought to get one:
1. Your clothes fit better
Anyone who wants to look good knows how the fitting means everything. Fitting is the key to showing off your body in the most flattering way.
That’s the core goal of custom made clothing. It’s well-adjusted to your personal measurements while providing enough ease and comfort. Extreme tightness or looseness shouldn’t be felt since these bring down your confidence. Custom made means you get to adjust certain aspects such as:
The ease at the neck area
The length of the sleeves
The amount of additional body length needed
2. Usage of quality materials
With off-the-rack stuff, quality isn’t the priority. That’s how the system goes – cost-effective mass production via industrial machines.
Custom tailors value precision. They’re able to make adjustments on the spot and look out for inconsistencies. They adhere to the right number of stitches per inch – which keeps the fabric durable. You can select better fabrics – cotton, wool, artificial fibers, blended natural fibers, silk, etc. – before the process even begins. This gives you a big advantage, getting you the perfect clothing that suits your environment.
3. You get to flaunt your individuality
There’s a limit to how much “you” is reflected in ready-to-buy clothes. But custom made clothing allows you to bring out more individuality. There are manufacturers who work with not just different fabrics – but multiple features and design options as well. There’s a good amount of collaboration in which you influence the final product. You get to be creative.
4. Quality equals durability
Custom-made clothing is a great long-term investment. Because of the materials used and overall quality – there are fewer problems to face later on. You'll avoid paying for lots of repairs (or even replacements). Any issues that may happen over time can be dealt with easily by a skilled tailor (they're usually tiny adjustments). You can add the following extras on custom made clothes to extend their lifespan: French Seams
Seams with more security and durability, preventing threads from getting caught up or damaged
They allow the garment to have a clean finished appearance
Materials that can be inserted in stress points of clothing (such as the lower side seams)
They lessen the amount of stress that's being applied to those points