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post #511 of 523

I've ordered a very affordable made to measure from Blair Shapera.  The suit is only $800, and is half canvassed.  Obviously your choice of material affects the cost.  There are not that as many customisation options as one would like, but it seems what this MtM operation has done is to create the best cost-benefit trade off they can, for a MtM suit in a RtW price point.  There are four silhouettes available, essentially slim, slim-regular, regular, and ample.  So, you start with, of course, getting as close as you can in the base fit.  They also come in half-sizes, e.g. 36, 37, and 38.  So, there is a lot of incremental change available in just the regular sizes.  One can order two-button notch, or one-button peak jackets, or double breasted.  So, your options there are limited, but what most people would want/need is covered.  My jacket was in the slim fit silhouette, and my options were a 2.5" or a 3" lapel.  If I'd have been able to choose exactly, I'd have gone with 3.25", so that didn't really bother me.  In the slim-reg fit, your options are 3" or 3.5".  My pants are in the slim-reg fit, with the thighs brought in.  It seems a lot more room is available for adjustments on the pants.  And, the fact that I could get the pants, and jacket in different silhouettes was great.

 

As one might expect on a low-price product, add-ons are where they seem to make their money.  Surgeon cuffs are $55, a ticket pocket is $45 (Blair threw that in for free for me, because he thought it was overpriced) and upgrading from fused to half-canvassed construction is $25 (obviously I opted for this), and adding a waistcoat would have cost me $245.  WThe pockets can be straight, or very slightly slanted.  I'm sure we could debate over whether this is truly made to measure, or just made to order, if we want to get into semantics.  But, value for your dollar, so long as you want something fairly standard,  these seem to be one of the better deals around.  It's about what you'd pay for an online MtM suit, but you're ordering it through a tailor, who has a relationship with the maker, and does the final alterations, etc.  It's also about what you'd pay for a similar (and often lesser) quality suit RtW.  Overall I'm quite pleased so far.  Here are pictures from my second fitting, when the suit arrived last week.

 

 

post #512 of 523
Did you have to pay for any alternations after the suit came in?
post #513 of 523
Thanks for posting your experience. Do you know who makes the suit? Is it someone local or is it outsourced to someone back east?
post #514 of 523
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Thanks for posting your experience. Do you know who makes the suit? Is it someone local or is it outsourced to someone back east?

The site says the MTM are made in Montreal
post #515 of 523
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Thanks for posting your experience. Do you know who makes the suit? Is it someone local or is it outsourced to someone back east?
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The site says the MTM are made in Montreal

It's made by S. Cohen/iMeasure of Montreal. The turnaround time is pretty quick.
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Did you have to pay for any alternations after the suit came in?

No. Final alterations are included. I'm sure there is a line at which they wouldn't be - for example I didn't ask to have the sleeve pitch adjusted. I had the pants hemmed twice because I'd ordered them too short, not having had such tapered pants before. One sleeve had to be shortened a hair, the thighs had to be let out, the waist taken in, the jacket buttons moved a little, and the collar lowered. This was all included.
post #516 of 523
I called Oakridge Tailors today about removing single pleats. Was told it is pricey...at $180...ya think?
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I called Oakridge Tailors today about removing single pleats. Was told it is pricey...at $180...ya think?


Not a simple alteration but $180 does sound like a lot.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/282966/removing-trouser-pleats/0_50

post #518 of 523
Hey guys, had a recent MTM jacket made, and although I am not the most knowledgable person on proper fit, the shoulders look a little big to me.

Although I've posted in the Tailor's Thread here with some pics and asked whether I am correct, I'd love to actually talk to someone face to face and have them see the jacket on me and give me an expert opinion on whether it does fit right and why it does (or doesn't).

Would I be able to talk into a place like Oakridge Tailors and ask them for an opinion? Feel a little weird going in there just to get advice, since if there are problems, I'd be going back to the source to get them resolved, but not sure where else I could get a decent opinion on this.

Thanks!
post #519 of 523
I don’t know that shop and I’m not from Vancouver, but in general I don’t think you should expect an expert’s opinion for free. Tailors work hard for many years to develop their skills and eye for detail, and most of them don’t make a very lucrative living. Any time they spend giving free advice is time they could have spent on something that earns money.

I think it would be only fair for you to offer them $20 to $50 for looking at your jacket if they’re not going to work on it.
post #520 of 523
Maybe give Oakridge a call and ask them if that's the sort of thing they do, and if so what they'd charge ... saves you a trip there and back if they won't do it, and covers off the money issue before you get there without in-person awkwardness.

But then again ... what are you hoping to get out of this? IF they say "the shoulders are fine" then ... fine. You go home and that's the end. But if they say "the shoulders are too big" then what? Will you be going back to the place that made them to have the suit altered to your preferences? If so, why not cut out the middleman and just go back to where you got the suit and explain your concern. Maybe they can help you out without the need to get a second opinion first.
post #521 of 523
Thanks for the replies guys, I totally agree it was kind of a silly line of thought. I tend to be a very reserved person so even though I as fairly sure the shoulders were off, I felt I needed that extra bit of validation or confirmation to have he confidence to have that chat with the sales rep.

In any event, I did go back to the store today and had the chat with my rep, and after some measurements and comparisons with a previous jacket (that turned out well), we determined there was indeed a difference in the shoulder measurement that was above tolerance and it will be taken care of, so kudos to those guys for taking care of me.

Guess all that reading of styleforum and others paid off smile.gif
post #522 of 523
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I'm sure the original store ... seems like you are something of a regular customer if you have "your rep" ... or even if you have just shopped there twice .... would be glad of an opportunity to turn a customer into a happy customer. Some of my favourite places to shop are ones that screwed something up, and when I mentioned the screw-up were speedy and courteous in fixing it ... so I KNOW that they take care of mistakes and problems in a good way.
post #523 of 523
Does anybody have experience with Martin Fisher Tailors? He seems to be doing MTM and (I think) bespoke for what looks like reasonable prices. For a city that lacks these services the presence of a decent maker would really help.
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