Navy wool blazer with MOP buttons in house cut. Half lined, pretty happy with it.
I have really sloped shoulders which I think is what's causing the shoulders to ripple a little bit.
I'm new here and fascinated with the depth and breadth of information - good stuff! I'm about to spring for a Thick as Thieves suit based on the info here and the fact that he about nails the style I've been seeking. My questions have mostly been answered by Jason but I'm hoping for more info on specific fabrics, as he did not seem in the mood to go into details. Specifically, I am considering the mohair blend for my suit but since it's listed as an 8oz fabric, that seems very lightweight to me, which is a concern. Those who have tried that fabric or similar weight fabric from TaT, is it substantial enough that it drapes well? Does it carry into the cooler seasons well enough? My preference is for a heavier fabric, but if this one does the job, then no need to be particular about weights.
8 oz is a lightweight fabric. Don't think it would be the best in the colder months.
Here are a few pics of the suit I got a few months ago. I was happy with it until I took it to a few tailors for alterations who all said that the fit was horrible and that there was nothing that could be done to fix it. However, most of these tailors are old men who seem to be pretty biased about the slim fit aesthetic in general...
I would appreciate any input about what the problems are and if anything can be done to improve them. To me, it seems like the main ones are that it pulls a little too much and there are also some significant shoulder wrinkle issues that nobody can seem to figure out. Note, I have since tried on a few off the rack suits, none of which have the shoulder wrinkle issue. Thanks.
The shoulders a tad too wide, esp. in the back.
Now that I live in Shanghai, it's really easy to find tailors that do what TaT does w/out the middleman (TaT itself) for about 1/4th the price. In addition to this you can change the armhole width and other stuff that's normally default for TaT. I recommend anyone who lives in a major Chinese city to check out the fabric markets here.
Shoulder dimples (your wrinkle problem) are caused by issues with the size of your armhole. Something is making your armholes stretch/pull too much, which causes the dimple. It's a difficult operation to fix it, so you'll need a good tailor who knows how to take jackets apart and put them back together. The tailor should be able to spot where the hole is stressed and find a way to relieve it, but it will be expensive.
Padding actually has almost nothing to do with the dimples or what tailors call shoulder expression.
I hope you can get the problem sorted out.
There is no necessary relation between the armhole size and the fullness (baggy) of the sleeves. Many Neapolitan tailors cut a large sleeve head and then taper it as it move down the arm to create the slimming effect.
The relation of the armhole to the sleeve is one of the more complex issues when doing alterations. A lot of tailors just don't want to bother with it. I won't get into too much detail, but MTM suits are cut from an established pattern, so even if one provides a number of measurements there is no possible way to account for everything, such as very sloped shoulders. A good bespoke tailor will take this into account because the pattern being drafted is just for you, but with MTM and RTW (OTR) it's best to see if you can try on a model in your relative size. Certain patterns fit certain body types.
This is why I highly recommend to my friends that they try a suit on. Like shoes, there's just too much that can go wrong and a good suit or a good pair of shoes is quite the investment.