Originally Posted by pvrhye
That's glen plaid. It has a long business history, so you should be fine. chalk stripes are the wider stripes that look like they were drawn with a stick of chalk. I'd call that mid grey.
Thanks for the clarification. Looks like I have to choose some colour between a solid vs lighter grey stripe/check
I think someone suggested that for a first bespoke I should go simpler which I tend to agree with. As I understand it patterns need to be matched..
Originally Posted by fxh
Seeing you are from Sydney you should ask over on the Australian Members thread. Theres people from Sydney there. I might add that the general consensus is that Singapore is not a good place for suit making - with the odd exception. People from Singapore go to HK for clothes.
I'm not in HK unfortunately - but this knowledge can be re-used when I get there
Originally Posted by Jangofett
Aussie Aussie Aussie!
Thank you for your comments as well I'm a definite fan of royal/prussian blue so it was always going to be any variety of that blue to bluey-purple. Not keen on the upside down suit lol I have a few reasons to get my own fabric, none of which are -really- remaining as I continue to learn from this thread and other readings. Firstly I like the idea of supporting a fabric maker that's on the tc forums and recommended by Sator. Secondly I like choosing my own thing and not being constrained by local availability. Thirdly I like the involvement. Lastly, I can always use something on-site if I decide to and save the fabric for another day; I can't do this if I don't have it and may be stuck with a limited selection that might be catering to the local market... so I'm trying to mitigate the fact I really don't know what to expect. Not sure if those reasons are valid however, maybe I go there and regret it. The quoted price was from $950SGD depending on fabric and $850SGD for CMT.. so perhaps it's not really that big of a difference. Purchasing direct was around $200AUD so price wise I believe it's negligible (and may even be more expensive as I'm paying retail + postage). Not sure... I might get swamped with work the last minute and not be able to order so that'll decide for me heh.
Originally Posted by NAMOR
"I'd appreciate it if you didn't bam the lady" "I'd appreciate it if I did" heh
Originally Posted by GBR
Straight, flapped side pockets make sense and not having an outside ticket pocket is fine. Patch pockets are a huge NO. Lapel size - have a look around you and see what other people have and you like. Do not be too extreme a good suit should last for years and what is today's fashion may be dreadful just tomorrow. What you do need to think about is all the all detail features that you want. Coat Vents Lining - contrast colour or matching Inside pockets - how many and what size. Remember that they do not have to be what the tailor wants- it is what you want. So if you want one for your i-Pod on the right, get one. Zips on any of them? You do not need to restrict your self to the standard four (2 breast, pen and one ticket), I have eight to fit in with how how want to use the coat. A good example of "incognito with some eccentricities only noticeable to those who take a second look". Lapel button hole is for a flower - say at a wedding. Good idea to have one with the loop behind to retain the stem of the flower. Trousers Fly - zip or button belt or self adjusters - if the latter what type. Cuffs (turn ups) or not slant or straight side pockets Two back pockets with button/hole fastening I assume. Fob pocket. Write your choices down before you go to remond you. If you are new to this , it is so easy to forget some detail and that is not in your interests. Finally do not be put off if the man does not want to do something - it is YOUR suit not his and letting him get away with the least work is not sensible.
Awesome -thank you. You've given me more to search up on and I will print this entire thread to make sure I haven't missed anything. Excellent recommendation on pockets! I had already thought about this and 100% was going to request what I enjoy most on my current suits which are the 4 pockets you mention. It's perfect for me as I use my ticket pockets for business cards and the rest of wallet, phone and pen. It would have never occurred to me to get an iphone pocket however. Wonderful idea! Thank you for explaining what the lapel hole is for and how it should be to be functional. I see now on my existing suits they are not (though for the price perhaps should be). Ripped off but wiser now thank you!
Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
It's for your boutonniÃ¨re, and the only reason for it to not be functional is to save money on cheap suits. Make sure it's a straight buttonhole and not a key-hole shaped one like ones which actually take a button.
Thanks for stopping by and explaining this with the proper terminology. Interestingly on my jacket that is currently out it appears to be a keyhole shape, that is, a straight slit with a slight rounded "bay" at the lower end. There is no way it has a corresponding button or could reasonably be said to have a practical button related application.. So I'm wondering when you say to make sure it's a straight hole is this because the cheaper suits just use the same pattern as a buttonhole thereby making it less desirable? Can you explain this further please? Also I should say thank you for responding to my enquiry in the 'ask a quick question' thread about a pea coat vent that kept standing up. I read your reply but didn't answer as the thread had moved on- so thanks for that also!
Man what a quality of responses. Thank you everyone who has read and/or taken the time to respond! Hope this helps other noobs as it certainly has helped me. Anyone have any ideas on rear vent? Single vs double? Current suit I see here is double but with more waist suppression than my cheap suit allows I can see the vent looking a bit weird with my pronounced ass. Is it bad to have a single vent, I must admit that's one thing I hardly ever notice (so can't even conceive of what others on the street generally have). Also, wondering what a functional cuff would be used for other than for the "technical" value? (e.g. it's 'better' because more technical effort went into it). Not really sure I should get this but I may be missing the point? (like I did with the lapel boutonniÃ¨re hole, which is now something I definitely want to have functional)...