Originally Posted by mrchapel
They will grow to learn how you like to wear your suits, what kind of a drape you prefer, your preferences for shoulders, etc., even though you may not know any of this on your first encounter. It's like forming a relationship with a good barber, eventually it will come to the point where you can walk in and they'll know exactly what you want. Please correct me if I am wrong; I have yet to experience a true bespoke fitting, but it is one of my life's goals.
This is very much what I was describing. No matter how much you research, describe, explain and discuss before the first bespoke suit, not everything will be quite perfect for you. Yes you have subsequent fittings and extensive tweaking can occur. But because you lack experience and knowledge and because your tailor isn't a mind-reader or able to predict exactly how you're going to like a style, compromises almost certainly will occur during the first suit. On subsequent items, you're starting from a higher knowledge base and have a finished garment to compare against and point out little changes you'd like that you just wouldn't think of on the first item. And your tailor starts from a higher level of knowledge of YOU!
So things should improve.
I'm not saying a good first bespoke garment won't fit superbly and be an excellent suit. It should be. But it almost certainly won't be perfect
for your taste/style unless you're very lucky (or very easily satisfied!)
Other people with experience with bespoke tailors may wish to chime in to confirm/deny!