Do Bespoke Suits Take a Long Time To Make?

In the world of suits, there is a lot to learn if you are just starting out. Especially when it comes to bespoke suits. We’re often asked by customers whether a bespoke suit is made entirely by hand. Keep reading to learn more about the process.

Why Should You Consider Bespoke Suits?

Bespoke suits are handcrafted to fit your exact measurements, unlike readymade suits. The suit will fit you almost like a second skin because it is so meticulously tailored. There is a high probability that no one else you know will be able to wear the suit the same way you do.

Due to its definition – unique, masterful, and handcrafted – bespoke suits are a big part of the suit universe. You won’t find a factory-woven suit like this in any suit store. Buying a bespoke suit is the best way to make a statement and have a suit that is uniquely yours.

How Do Bespoke Suits Get Made?

There’s a reason why bespoke suits are expensive. Due to the amount of labor and care put into every stitch, the suit takes a long time to complete. Only minor tasks are handled by machines when crafting a bespoke suit.

A bespoke suit is almost entirely stitched by hand. Here’s how it works:

  1. To get the most accurate fit, over 20 measurements are taken by hand and discussed with the head tailor. Based on the client’s requirements and budget, recommendations will be provided.
  2. To ensure that all your garments will match, the exact amount of fabric required will be cut from the same cloth. By hand, the “cutter” will cut the initial foundation of the suit based on the measurements and photos provided.
  3. The fabric will be sent back to the head tailor for stitching to the exact measurements required by the client. Handwork ensures that there are no mistakes and that a high standard is maintained.
  4. The suit will then be given to the “finisher” who will add the final touches, such as buttons and buttonholes. To ensure the buttons are not stiff or different in size, this is also done by hand.
  5. At this point, the client will be called in for a fitting. It is possible to inform the tailor of any alterations or changes that need to be made. Several fittings will be required until the perfect suit is created.

Machine-Made Parts Of A Bespoke Suit

Machines are only used for tasks that cannot be improved by hand. The suit’s final look won’t be affected by these menial tasks.

  1. Machines can provide a clean and efficient finish once the initial stitches are done by hand for long seams (e.g. jacket lining).
  2. Machine sewing for trouser legs – These can take a long time to do by hand and there are chances of mistakes. They can easily be done in a machine without sacrificing any quality because it is always a single long line.
  3. To give a suit its final shape, all the clothes are machine pressed after the initial stitching has been completed. The final product is handed over to you before your fittings.

What Is the Purpose of Having So Many Fittings?

Getting a bespoke suit right requires multiple fittings. A perfect suit cannot be achieved without testing out different measurements. Every fitting will improve the fit of your suit until no further adjustments are needed. A bespoke suit is truly final.

What Makes A Bespoke Suit Better?

The bespoke suit represents luxury, comfort, and long-term use. The right suit can last upwards of 20 years, and you won’t find a better-fitting suit than one made especially for you.

Although it is expensive, it has multiple advantages over readymade suits that don’t fit well. All men should consider a bespoke suit if budget is not a major factor.