The Made-to-Measure Tailoring Process

The first consultation is straightforward and can be split into 3 parts; selecting the cloth, taking measurements and choosing the details. It is a simple process but does involve many key decisions. Your Made-to-Measure consultant will be on hand to guide you through this process and offer advise where needed however it does pay off doing some research on the kind of suit you would like before your appointment.

 The Cloth

With a focused edit of 16 fabric collections for the summer and a further 16 for the winter, you are spoilt for choice: options range from super fine wools and soft flannels to breezy seersucker fabrics for summer suiting and heavier weight flannels, eveningwear and velvet for winter.

 This choice is a matter of weight, occasion and pattern – lightweight (typically 8oz-9oz), heavyweight (14oz-15oz), or something in between. A 12oz is good trans-seasonal choice. Of course it is also a matter of colour, weave and pattern – chalk stripe, bold or subtle checks and so on.

At this stage you will need to select the level of construction required - half-canvassed or fully-canvassed. Full canvas suits are constructed with a layer of horsehair canvas under the wool fabric to offer shape and to ensure an elegant drape. In a half canvas suit the layer of horsehair only runs through the chest and lapel of the jacket. This option is usually less costly, lighter weight and can be cooler.

The Details 

Last but by no means least is to choose the details that makes the suit truly personal to you. Options include lapel style and width; lining colour; belt loops, side adjusters or brace buttons; trouser turn-ups (cuffs) or a plain finish; type of pockets; ticket pocket or none; button style and many more.

The Final Fitting

6 – 8 weeks later your suit will arrive back at the Gieves & Hawkes store when you will be contacted to come in for the final fitting. The consultant will ask you to try on the suit and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the suit fits perfectly. Our in-house tailor will make the alterations needed and a week later will be ready to pick up.

Our Made-to-Measure service is available in all our UK stores in Bath, Birmingham, Chester, Liverpool and Winchester, as well as No.1 Savile Row, London.