Interesting. I remember paying attention to this for the industry I'm in, but didn't cross my mind that it would have a bigger impact on something far more important, my indulgence in European clothing!
Here's a question I've pondered over for awhile. Is there an appropriate circumference measurement you should have when tapering the sleeve opening on a jacket to the wrist?
I remember Flusser mentioning this in Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion, but he never went into an appropriate amount. I'm guessing it would depend on the size of one's wrist.